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Exercise A: Adverb Placement
After each sentence, there is an adverb in parentheses. Decide where the adverb should be placed in the sentence and choose the correct answer.
Ted likes to cook eggs. (early)
a) Ted early likes to cook eggs.
b) Ted likes to cook eggs early.
c) Ted likes to cook early eggs.
That cake is delicious. (probably)
a) That cake is probably delicious.
b) That cake probably is delicious.
c) That cake is delicious probably.
Mickey took some cookies. (yesterday)
a) Mickey yesterday took some cookies.
b) Mickey took yesterday some cookies.
c) Mickey took some cookies yesterday.
He set the table. (happily)
a) He set the table happily.
b) He set happily the table.
c) He set the happily table.
The weather is cold. (outside)
a) The weather is cold outside.
b) The outside weather is cold.
c) The weather is outside cold.
My doctor is good. (extremely)
a) My extremely doctor is good.
b) My doctor is good extremely.
c) My doctor is extremely good.
Of all my friends, Rhonda talks. (most)
a) Of all my friends, most Rhonda talks.
b) Of all my friends, Rhonda talks most.
c) Of all my most friends, Rhonda talks.
Penny asked her question. (loudly)
a) Penny asked her loudly question.
b) Penny asked loudly her question.
c) Penny asked her question loudly.
The sandwich does not taste good. (maybe)
a) The sandwich does maybe not taste good.
b) Maybe the sandwich does not taste good.
c) The sandwich does not taste good maybe.
We are living here. (temporarily)
a) We are living here temporarily.
b) We temporarily are living here.
c) We are living temporarily here.
Exercise B: Matching
Match the sentences below to the sentences in the exercises so that they make sense. Then underline all of the adverbs in the sentences.
a) We should talk to him later.
b) However, his students usually wait for him.
c) He is very happy with his excellent grade.
d) I always eat the green ones first.
e) We are never bored in class.
f) He rarely writes it using a pencil and paper.
g) I think he is living abroad.
h) Sadly, the class will be over soon.
i) She seemed quite happy to talk to me!
j) I almost fell asleep!
Compared to red apples, I like green apples more. __________
Nick looks very tired now. __________
Terry moved away. __________
Oliver answered all of the questions on the test perfectly. __________
Dance class with Edna is so fun! __________
Phil usually types his homework using his computer. __________
The presentation was terribly boring. __________
I spoke briefly with Edna earlier. __________
We are constantly learning new things from our teacher. __________
The professor is often late to class. __________
Exercise C: Comparative and Superlative Adverbs
Look at the sentences in each exercise. They explain a comparison or a superlative. Use the word in parentheses to write one sentence.
The weather today is a little bit bad. The weather yesterday was very bad. (worse)
ANSWER: The weather yesterday was worse.
The beach is 5 kilometers away. The hotel is three kilometers away. (closer)
I fall down sometimes. Elliot falls down all the time. (more)
Eric sings badly. Tom sings well. Rick sings very well. (best)
Bob understands a little bit. Helen understands very well. (better)
Ned works slowly. I work quickly. (faster)
She likes oranges a little bit. She likes apples a lot. (better)
Lee felt a little bad yesterday. Today he feels very bad. (worse)
Ian speaks nervously. George speaks very nervously. (more)
I talk loudly. My mother talks loudly, too. My Aunt Ida talks very loudly. (loudest)
Dan likes vanilla ice cream a lot. He likes chocolate ice cream a little bit. He likes strawberry ice cream very little. (least)