Practice in Turning Adjectives Into Adverbs

A Sentence Completion Exercise

The bottlecap that wanted to be an adverb
The bottlecap that wanted to be an adverb" ( CC BY-SA 2.0) by quinn.anya

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 an adverbial form of the italicized adjective in the first sentence.

Example:
Original: Gus is usually a careful driver.
Adverbial form: He always drives carefully when children are in the car.

When you're done, compare your answers with those below.

  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.
  1. Marvin is a graceful infielder. He moves _____.
  2. This is an easy assignment. I expect to pass _____.
  3. Merdine is a brave woman. She _____ challenged the principal and the school board.
  4. There was a rapid change in the weather. The temperature dropped _____.
  5. I'm troubled by my brother's strange behavior. Yesterday I heard him talking _____ to our cat.
  1. My father is a cautious man. When everyone else is upset, he speaks softly and acts _____.

Answers to the exercise 

  1. We live on a quiet suburban street. Even the dogs bark quietly.
  2. This is a dangerous road. We're driving dangerously close to the shoulder.
  3. My friend Alice is a polite young woman. She asked politely if she could borrow my boyfriend.
  4. The clown made a deep impression on my daughter. His sad smile touched her deeply.
  5. I apologize for my foolish behavior. Yesterday I acted foolishly in class.
  6. Ferdinand's apology sounded sincere. He said he was sincerely sorry for driving over your motorcycle with his tractor.
  7. I ordered a manual transmission. Are the windows operated manually?
  8. Shyla made a generous contribution to the Salvation Army. She gives generously every year.
  9. This morning Gus had an accidental encounter with an ice cream van. He accidentally backed his pick-up truck into the van.
  10. Marvin is a graceful infielder. He moves gracefully when making a double play.
  11. This is an easy assignment. I expect to pass easily.
  12. Merdine is a brave woman. She bravely challenged the principal and the school board.
  13. There was a rapid change in the weather. The temperature dropped rapidly.
  14. I'm troubled by my brother's strange behavior. Yesterday I heard him talking strangely to our cat.
  1. My father is a cautious man. When everyone else is upset, he speaks softly and acts cautiously.