Both adjectives and adverbs are modifiers. But they describe different parts of speech in the English language. Adjectives alter nouns and pronouns, while adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.
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Adjectives vs. Adverbs
Adjectives are parts of speech that modify a noun, pronoun, and other noun equivalents. For example:
- I am a fast learner.
In this sentence, fast modifies the noun learner.
Here are more examples of adjectives in sentences.
- Vanny is taller than Victoria. (Taller modifies the noun Vanny.)
- I am tired. (Tired modifies the pronoun I.)
Adverbs are parts of speech that modify a verb, adjective, or another adverb. For example:
- Read the instructions carefully.
In this sentence, carefully does not modify instructions. Instead, it describes the action verb read.
Here are more examples of adverbs in sentences.
- She sang joyfully. (Joyfully describes the verb sang.)
- She’s not mean. (Not describes the adjective mean.)
- She sang very joyfully. (Very describes the adverb joyfully.)
Some adverbs of manner can be formed by adding -ly to the adjective. For example:
- Quick – Quickly
- Happy – Happily
- Fortunate – Fortunately
- Careful – Carefully