Word order with adjectives and adverbs
Adjectives go before nouns
Adjectives describe nouns. They tell more about the noun.
- I have a _____________jacket (black/brown/leather/comfortable/denim/dirty)
- She is a ______________mother (good/kind/helpful/sweet)
- It was a _____________car (red/white/fast/new/cheap/big/small)
- We live in a _____________________ city (big/dangerous/diverse/beautiful)
- I want the __________________book (big/small/easy/expensive/blue/used)
- It was a _____________________day.
- He is a _____________________ father.
- We need a _____________________house.
- I want to live in a ___________________city.
- She has _______________________ shoes.
Adjectives go after be/look/seem (and some other verbs like smell, taste, sound)
These are called “linking verbs”
- She is ______________ (smart/hardworking/crazy/white/Asian)
- You are______________ (tall/short/thin/heavy/athletic/religious)
- I am _______________ (young/old/interested/rich/poor/hungry/thirsty)
- He looks_____________________(tired/happy/sad/funny/cute/nice)
- You seem____________________(confused/nervous/attentive/bored)
- They are ______________________
- She looks______________________
- He is___________________________
- You look_______________________
- I was __________________________
Adverbs of Frequency go:
a) Before the Main Verb I often take the bus. He never smokes.
b) After the first auxiliary I don’t often work late. She is never going to be tall.
c) After “Be” I am usually happy. They are rarely at home.
- I _____________ drive to school. (always, sometimes, never)
- My mother ________________calls me. (usually, never, often)
- My teacher doesn’t _________________speak Spanish. (often, usually)
- The kids are ______________ in the park. (never, always, seldom)
- We don’t ________________go out to dinner. (always, often, usually)
- They will _________________remember me. (always, seldom, usually)
- I am _______________tired. (seldom, usually, often)
- She is _________________ late to school. (never, rarely, sometimes)
Adverbs of manner go after SVO (Subject – Verb – Object)
Adverbs tell HOW you do it. You often can make an adverb by adding an LY to an adjective.
- He drives____________________(fast/cautiously/legally)
- I do my homework_____________________(slowly/carefully/diligently)
- She dances_______________________(gracefully/badly/well)
- I talk to my grandmother________________________(politely/loudly/lovingly)
- I talk to my best friend_________________________(daily/honestly/deeply)
- I walk to class _____________________________(quickly/hesitantly/happily)
- She eats her lunch ____________________________(neatly/quietly/early)
- He speaks to me__________________________ (softly/angrily/secretly/kindly)