English in Use/Adjective and Adverb Usage

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An adjective is simply a word which modifies the noun it is related to. Adjectives usually come before the modified noun. An adjective could also be a phrase or a clause instead of being a single word. John bought a blue shirt. (single word) Last night, a man in a blue coat stole my wallet. (phrase) I love the car which just crossed the street. (clause)

Adverbs are like adjectives, but they modify the verb. Ordinarily, there are three types of adverbs (see above examples).

He carefully left the room. He left the room with a scared face. He left the room which was located on the seventh floor.

Most single word adverbs are made simply by adding -ly to the end of the respective adjective: Careful-ly = in a careful manner Usually = in a usual manner (often) Simply = in a simple way