Word Order with Adjectives

Word order  with adjectives and adverbs

Adjectives go before nouns

Adjectives describe nouns.  They tell more about the noun.


  1. I have a _____________jacket    (black/brown/leather/comfortable/denim/dirty)
  2. She is a ______________mother   (good/kind/helpful/sweet)
  3. It was a _____________car    (red/white/fast/new/cheap/big/small)
  4. We live in a _____________________ city     (big/dangerous/diverse/beautiful)
  5. I want the __________________book     (big/small/easy/expensive/blue/used)
  6. It was a _____________________day.
  7. He is a _____________________ father.
  8. We need a _____________________house.
  9. I want to live in a ___________________city.
  10. She has _______________________ shoes.

Adjectives go after be/look/seem (and some other verbs like smell, taste, sound)

These are called “linking verbs”

  1. She is ______________  (smart/hardworking/crazy/white/Asian)
  2. You are______________  (tall/short/thin/heavy/athletic/religious)
  3. I am _______________  (young/old/interested/rich/poor/hungry/thirsty)
  4. He looks_____________________(tired/happy/sad/funny/cute/nice)
  5. You seem____________________(confused/nervous/attentive/bored)
  6. They are ______________________
  7. She looks______________________
  8. He is___________________________
  9. You look_______________________
  10. 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.

  1.  I _____________ drive to school.  (always, sometimes, never)
  2. My mother ________________calls me. (usually, never, often)
  3. My teacher doesn’t _________________speak Spanish.  (often, usually)
  4. The kids are ______________ in the park. (never, always, seldom)
  5. We don’t ________________go out to dinner. (always, often, usually)
  6. They will _________________remember me. (always, seldom, usually)
  7. I am _______________tired. (seldom, usually, often)
  8. 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.

  1. He drives____________________(fast/cautiously/legally)
  2. I do my homework_____________________(slowly/carefully/diligently)
  3. She dances_______________________(gracefully/badly/well)
  4. I talk to my grandmother________________________(politely/loudly/lovingly)
  5. I talk to my best friend_________________________(daily/honestly/deeply)
  6. I walk to class _____________________________(quickly/hesitantly/happily)
  7. She eats her lunch ____________________________(neatly/quietly/early)
  8. He speaks to me__________________________ (softly/angrily/secretly/kindly)

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