ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS
An adjective is a word used to describe or limit nouns, pronouns, or groups of words that function as nouns.
Her eyes were blue. [The adjective blue describes the noun eyes.]
Her stare was compelling. [The adjective compelling describes
the noun stare.]
For many daycare workers, having to babysit can be exhausting.
[The adjective exhausting modifies the noun phrase
having to babysit.]
An adverb, on the other hand, describes or limits verbs, adjectives, other adverbs, and entire sentences. Many adverbs have the suffix -ly--loudly, normally, or sadly, e.g.--while others, such as much, always, yesterday, well, very, so, and well, do not.
We moved quickly through the forest. [The adverb quickly describes
the verb moved.]
This information is very sensitive. [Very modifies the adjective sensitive.]
The house is too richly decorated for my taste. [Too modifies the
Unfortunately, the owner disagrees. [Unfortunately modifies the entire
Never use an adjctive in the place of an adverb.
INCORRECT The squirrel climbed the tree slow.
CORRECT The squirrel slowly climbed the tree. [The adverb
slowly describes the verb climbed.]
INCORRECT Johnny did bad
on his math test.
CORRECT Johnny did badly on his math test. [The adverb badly
modifies the verb did.]
INCORRECT She writes good.
CORRECT She writes well. [The adverb well describes the verb