Adverbs – Simple and Detailed Expression


Adverbs – Simple and Detailed Expression

Use adjectives to describe nouns (things or people).
Use adverbs to describe verbs (how a person does something):

  • That was a terrible game. (adjective – describes “game”)
  • The team played terribly. (adverb – describes “played”)

Common adverbs:

Adjective Adverb
slow slowly
quiet quietly
bad badly
beautiful beautifully
dangerous dangerously
careful carefully
easy easily
healthy healthily
good well
fast fast
hard hard


  • My grandfather drives slowly, but I drive fast.
  • The teacher spoke so quietly that I couldn’t hear her.
  • I can read English well, but I speak badly.
  • Evan lives dangerously. He loves radical sports.
  • We wrote the letter carefully so as not to make a mistake.
  • I opened the jar easily.
  • Soccer players need to eat healthily to stay in good shape.
  • Janet works very hard. She arrives at work early and leaves late.

Note: Adjectives go before the noun. Adverbs usually go after the verb:

Ruth is a quiet person. (“quiet” describes “person”) Ruth speaks quietly. (“quietly” describes “speaks”)


  1. By Justin Mutati