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Adjectives vs Adverbs

This presentation will teach students the difference between adjectives and adverbs when writing sentences.

Sarah Glunt

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of Adjectives vs Adverbs

Adjectives vs Adverbs Adjective is a word that describes, qualifies and identifies a noun or pronoun

An adjective usually, but not all the time, comes before the noun or the pronoun which it describes
For example:
The leaves of that tree are yellow. Here yellow is the adjective describing leaves. .

adverb describes a verb, adjective or other adverbs

Another difference between adjectives and adverb is that an adjective usually answer one of a few different questions like What kind? Which? How many?
For example:
The beautiful princess wore a silk gown. Beautiful and silk are the adjectives which answer What kind?
An adverb answer to few questions such as how, when, where, and how much.
For example:
The baby slept soundly. The adverb soundly answers to the question how? Adverbs mostly end in “ly”.

Adjectives have three forms of expression
Positive Degree
Comparative Degree
Superlative Degree

For example: hot, hotter, hottest

The difference between adjectives and adverbs is that an adjective modifies a pronoun.

For example: They had worked all day and they were tired.

The adjective, ‘tired’, tells more about the pronoun ‘they’

Adverb modifies adjectives and other adverbs.

For example: That woman is extremely nice.

Extremely is an adverb that modifies nice. An adjective can be divided into several classes such as
Adjective of quality
Adjective of quantity
Adjective of number
Demonstrative adjective
Interrogative adjective

Adverbs are classified into the following types:
Adverb of time
Adverb of frequency
Adverb of place
Adverb of manner
Adverb of degree
Adverb of affirmation and negation
Adverb of reason
Interrogative adverb
Relative adverb


An adjective defines a noun
An adverb describes a verb

1.Adjective is a word that describes, qualifies and identifies a noun or pronoun, whereas an adverb describes a verb, adjective or other adverbs.

2.Adjective modifies a pronoun but adverb modifies an adjective.

3.Adjective comes before the noun or pronoun it describes.


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