Adjective vs. Adverb

An adjective is a word used to modify a noun. An adverb is a word used to modify a verb. Note that adverbs can also modify adjectives and other adverbs.

  • The team did not play (verb) well (adverb) last season. (NOT … did not play good last season.)
  • We have not picked nearly (adverb) enough (adjective) yet. (NOT … near enough yet.)
    (Enough is an adjective. To modify an adjective we use an adverb, not an adjective.)
  • We had a really (adverb) excellent (adjective) time at the party. (NOT … real excellent time.)
    (Excellent is an adjective. To modify an adjective, we use an adverb. )
  • Alice won (verb) her race easily (adverb). (NOT … won her race easy.)

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