SKILL 46: USE BASIC ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS CORRECTLY


Sometimes in written expression questions on the TOEFL test, adjectives are used in place of adverbs, or adverbs are used in place of adjectives. Adjectives and adverbs have very different uses. Adjectives have only one job: they describe nouns or pronouns.

In the first example, the adjective “beautiful” describes the noun “woman”. In the second example, the adjective “beautiful” describes the pronoun “she”.

Adverbs do three different things. They describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

In the first example, the adverb “beautifully” describes the verb “sings”.
In the second example, the adverb “beautifully” describes the adjective “dressed” (which describes the noun “woman”).
In the third example, the adverb “truly” describes the adverb “beautifully”, which describes the adjective “dressed” (which describes the noun “woman”).




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