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Practice in Turning Adjectives Into Adverbs

A Sentence Completion Exercise

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Many adverbs are formed by adding -ly to an adjective. The adverb softly, for instance, comes from the adjective soft. (Note, however, that not all adverbs end in -ly. Very, quite, always, almost, and often are some of the common adverbs that are not formed from adjectives.)

Instructions:
In each set below, complete the second sentence with the adverbial form of the italicized adjective in the first sentence. Here's an example:

Gus is usually a careful driver. He always drives carefully when children are in the car.
When you're done, compare your answers with those on page two.


  1. We live on a quiet suburban street. Even the dogs bark _____.

  2. This is a dangerous road. We're driving _____ close to the shoulder.

  3. My friend Alice is a polite young woman. She asked _____ if she could borrow my boyfriend.

  4. The clown made a deep impression on my daughter. His sad smile touched her _____.

  5. I apologize for my foolish behavior. Yesterday I acted _____ in class.

  6. Ferdinand's apology sounded sincere. He said he was _____ sorry for driving over your motorcycle with his tractor.

  7. I ordered a manual transmission. Are the windows operated _____?

  8. Shyla made a generous contribution to the Salvation Army. She gives _____ every year.

  9. This morning Gus had an accidental encounter with an ice cream van. He _____ backed his pick-up truck into the van.

  10. Marvin is a graceful infielder. He moves _____.

  11. This is an easy assignment. I expect to pass _____.

  12. Merdine is a brave woman. She _____ challenged the principal and the school board.

  13. There was a rapid change in the weather. The temperature dropped _____.

  14. I'm troubled by my brother's strange behavior. Yesterday I heard him talking _____ to our cat.

  15. My father is a cautious man. When everyone else is upset, he speaks softly and acts _____.

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