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5 Type of Adverbs

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Adverbs: Practice Exercises with Answers

It is important to be able to utilize the theoretical knowledge of the use of adverbs for IELTS, in order to make your answers for Writing and Speaking tasks more sophisticated and polished. Given below are some adverbs exercises with answers for your practice and to improve your understanding on the use of adverbs in the IELTS examination.

Q 1.

Underline the correct option in bold.

  1. He slapped him friendly/ in a friendly way on the back.
  2. Does that flight go direct / directly or is there a stopover?
  3. Many of the senior staff are right/ rightly concerned about their pensions.
  4. There’s been a lot of talk about European integration late/ lately.
  5. Our new cellphone fits easy/ easily into the average-sized pocket.
  6. The path leads straight/ straightly to the front door.
  7. Healthy/ Healthwise, stress is probably the most serious problem facing people today.
  8. Animals are now able to wander free/ freely throughout the game reserve.
  9. In late spring the gulls nest high/ highly on the cliff face.
  10. The remains of the Spanish galleon lie deep/ deeply under the ocean.
  11. The minister will begin by giving a statement. After/ Afterwards, you will be able to put your questions to him directly.
  12. Jackson came pretty close/ closely to winning that last race.
  13. You’ll never get better if you don’t eat – you’ve hard/ hardly touched your dinner!
  14. In the Denver playoffs, the Miami team did real/ good well.
  15. Some of these kids drive their cars far too fast/ fastly.

Q 2.

Complete the second sentence so that it has a similar meaning to the first sentence. You must use between three and six words, including the word given in bold. This word must not be altered in any way. The exercise begins with an example (0).

  • Karen did really well in the test. highly
  • Karen___was highly successful____in the test.
  • The car started to accelerate as we turned the corner. go

1. As we turned the corner the car__________

  • She really didn’t expect to win so much money. quite

2. Winning so much money came_______ surprise

  • Evolution is slower during periods of climatic stability. happens

3. Evolution_________during periods of climatic stability

  • We didn’t get there in time to hear the overture. soon

4. We wanted to hear the overture but we didn’t get_________

  • More or less three-quarters of our students are fee-paying these days. roughly

5. These days ________ our students pay fees

  • In the USA only a few people have heard of our products. entirely

6. Our products are ___________in the USA

  • She gave such a moving performance that we were virtually in tears. so

7. She performed ________ we were virtually in tears

  • Mr Skidmore had a deeper involvement than any of the other directors. most

8. Of all the directors, Mr Skidmore was __________

  • In terms of politics, I felt most of the participants were biased. politically

9. In my opinion most of the participants _________

  • I couldn’t have made my answers to the questionnaire any more honest than I did. as

10. I answered the questionnaire ________ I could.

Q 3.

Tick (✓) all those adverbs which can complete the sentences and cross (X) those that cannot. In one case none of the adverbs will fit.

1. Clarice ____opened the door to the secret compartment.

  1. slowly
  2. last week
  3. probably

2. We don’t_____know the identity of the masked stranger.

  1. still
  2. really
  3. certainly

3. You can _____see the coast from this point.

  1. definitely
  2. just
  3. as well

4. Our next-door neighbours go there _______

  1. as well
  2. hardly ever
  3. a lot

5. ______the boss gives me a hard time.

  1. Every day
  2. Daily
  3. Sometimes

6. I get the feeling you haven’t _______understood my point.

  1. entirely
  2. really
  3. probably

7. The public doesn’t_____respond in the ways advertisers expect them to.

  1. sometimes
  2. any longer
  3. always

8. I haven’t been to the cinema ______

  1. yet
  2. often
  3. very often

9. Alarming signs of radiation leakage have been ______ reported around the power station.

  1. often
  2. this week
  3. always

10. ______have I been subjected to such outrageous demands.

  1. Never
  2. Rarely
  3. Frequently

11. I’m afraid the bank does not _______permit such large overdrafts.

  1. generally
  2. any longer
  3. any more
  1. The patient ________ reacts to any kind of bright light.
  1. badly
  2. immediately
  3. usually
  1. He plays the saxophone __________
  1. too
  2. quite rarely
  3. never

14. The data from those sensors aren’t ________ reliable.

  1. absolutely
  2. sometimes
  3. always

15. She treats her children _________

  1. carefully
  2. well
  3. badly

Q 4.

Rewrite these sentences putting the words and phrases in brackets in the best order. Note that none of these sentences is emphatic. The exercise begins with an example (0).

  • My parents (allowed/hardly ever) us to (late/on weekdays/stay up).
  • My parents hardly ever allowed us to stay up late on weekdays…Taking advantage of a gap between the players. Owen kicked the ball (into the net/just before half time/skillfully)
  1. Foxes (often/be seen/can) scavenging (on the streets of London/at night).
  2. David (well/behaves/quite) when he is at home but he (at school/causes trouble/often).
  3. The post (arrive/sometimes/on time/doesn’t) in this part of the city.
  4. Jennifer (immediately/didn’t/recognize) the man waving (at the end of the show/frantically/from the balcony).
  5. We (unable/are/usually) to offer refunds on the spot, but we will examine (thoroughly/before the end of the week/your claim).
  6. These children (never/have/given/been/probably) the opportunities we all take for granted.
  7. Access to the Internet (no longer/is) available (on weekday mornings/free of charge/at our libraries).
  8. Such losses (have/would/normally/avoided/been) by the use of back-up devices.
  9. Many of the old masters had assistants who would prepare the oil pigments (each morning/by hand/in their studios)

Q 5.

Make the answers in these mini-dialogues more emphatic by rewriting them with the adverb in brackets in a suitable position. Make any other necessary changes. The exercise begins with an example (0).

  • ‘Lucy hasn’t turned up yet again.’ ‘I know. She is unreliable, isn’t she?’ (really)
  • ‘I know. She really is unreliable, isn’t she?’
  1. ‘Admit it. You took that money out of the till.’ ‘I’m sorry. I don’t know what you are talking about!’ (really)
  2. ‘How ridiculous! They can’t fit us in on Saturday because they’re full.’ ‘But that place is full-on Saturday evenings!’ (always)
  3. ‘Isn’t it strange that he never mentions his wife. Don’t you wonder why?’ ‘Yes, I have wondered about that.’ (often)
  4. ‘Laurence won’t even let us discuss your proposal.’ ‘I’m not surprised. He doesn’t listen to my ideas.’ (never)
  5. ‘How bizarre. The customs officer really went through my luggage with a fine-tooth comb!’ ‘That’s not unusual; the customs officers are quite thorough.’ (usually) –
  6. ‘You must have some idea of his whereabouts.’ ‘I’m sorry but we don’t know where he is.’ (honestly)
  7. ‘I think you should swallow your pride and apologize to them.’ ‘Come off it. You can’t expect me to just cave in like that.’ (really)
  8. ‘Take a break? Give yourself space? What are you on about?’ ‘You don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, do you?’ (absolutely)
  9. ‘Downloading that software seems to be taking an awfully long time.’ ‘I’m afraid these programs do take a long time to download.’ (sometimes)
  10. ‘Look. It’s midday and Tabitha still isn’t here.’ ‘Well, she is in the office before noon these days.’ (rarely)

Q 6.

Make this dialogue more natural by using suitable adverbs from the box to replace each of the expressions in bold (each adverb can only be used once and not all the adverbs will be needed).

admittedlyapparentlyby the wayclearlyexactly
fortunatelyfranklyideallynaturallyobviously
reasonablyreallystillseriouslyunderstandably

STEVE: Not a bad party last night. Lots of old faces from college were there.

CLARE: (1) That sounds interesting; can you tell me more _______?

STEVE: Yeah. Lizzie was there with her new husband. (20) This is something I’ve heard although it may not be true, ______ he’s something very high up and important in the civil service.

CLARE: Yes, I’ve heard that too. (3) This is my true opinion, although it may be shocking ______ , I never really expected her to marry anyone successful. She was always so scruffy and laid back. She was never into social status or anything like that.

STEVE: (4) It is a logical deduction_____she’s changed her outlook on life. I mean, she was very smartly dressed and she kept telling me all about how much money their new house had cost.

CLARE: (5) Do you expect me to believe that? _______

STEVE: Yes, she was really bragging about it.

CLARE: Well she never used to be interested in money at all. (6) This probably contradicts what I ‘ve just said______she did like eating out and travelling.

STEVE: (7) What I’m about to say isn’t really related to what we’ve been discussing_____your old flame Simon was at the party.

CLARE: Was he? I haven’t seen him for ages.

STEVE: (8) As one would expect______he couldn’t stop asking me questions about you.

CLARE: I think he still hopes that we might get back together one day.

STEVE: (9) That is completely accurate ________

CLARE: Well, not much chance of that! Oh. was that obnoxious old creep Douglas Jarrold there?

STEVE: I’m afraid so. (10) I’m pleased about this ______he was right over the other side of the room so I didn’t have to talk to him. He was trying to chat up Mary Bracknell. I can’t think why.

CLARE: (11) This is obvious _____he still fancies her.

STEVE: Maybe. She certainly wasn’t very interested in him, (12.) which one can sympathize with ______

CLARE: Strange how some people never change, isn’t it?

Q 7.

Rewrite these sentences using all the adverbial expressions in brackets.

  • The press office advised us not to discuss the matter, (before the conference/last week/publicly)
  • Last week the press office advised us not to discuss the matter before the conference.
  1. Ruined, the owner of the business agreed to sell the premises, (reluctantly/within the month/financially/rather)
  2. There is nothing better than collapsing, (onto a sofa/probably/at the end of the day/lazily)
  3. Controlled, this effective new drug can reduce blood pressure, (amazingly/within hours/carefully/dramatically)
  4. We regret having to announce the suspension of all staff working in our subsidiary, (currently/under the circumstances/in San Diego/deeply)
  5. We seem to get the chance to talk, (about these things/seriously/these days/rarely)
  6. Many of my colleagues disapprove of my scheme to update the accounting procedures, (thoroughly/over the next quarter/, unfortunately,/in the sales department)

Answer Key for Diagnostic Test

  1. highly
  2. deep
  3. roughly fifty
  4. faster
  5. Yesterday I only slept
  6. I get paid weekly,
  7. Here lies the tomb
  8. usually arrives
  9. is often
  10. still don’t
  11. trading any longer
  12. hardly ever go out.
  13. behaved badly
  14. I thought his performance was pretty good.
  15. The patient’s body is now almost entirely free of symptoms.
  16. These days I probably take my health more seriously.
  17. She’s my worst enemy and I really don’t like her./ She’s really my worst enemy and I don’t like her.
  18. Emotionally rejected, Harriet turned to food for comfort./ Rejected emotionally. Harriet turned to food for comfort.
  19. Incidentally, I bumped into your brother at the supermarket.
  20. I understood everything because the teacher answered the question clearly.

Answer Key for Practice Exercise

Q 1.

  1. in a friendly way
  2. direct
  3. rightly
  4. lately
  5. easily
  6. straight
  7. Healthwise
  8. freely
  9. high
  10. deep
  11. Afterward
  12. close
  13. hardly
  14. real
  15. fast

Q 2.

  1. started to go faster (and faster)
  2. as quite a
  3. happens more slowly
  4. there soon enough
  5. roughly three-quarters of
  6. almost entirely unheard of/unknown
  7. so movingly that
  8. (the) most deeply involved
  9. were politically biased
  10. as honestly as

Q 3.

  1. A ✓ B X C ✓
  2. A X B ✓ C X
  3. A ✓ B ✓ C X
  4. A ✓ B X C ✓
  5. A ✓ B ✓ C X
  6. A X B X C ✓
  7. A ✓ B X C ✓
  8. A X B X C X
  9. A ✓ B ✓ C X
  10. A ✓ B X C X
  11. A X B ✓ C ✓
  12. A ✓ B ✓ C X
  13. A ✓ B X C ✓
  14. A ✓ B ✓ C ✓

Q 4.

(Note: These answers follow the guidelines for a sequence in the Reference section)

  1. Taking advantage of a gap between the players, Owen kicked the ball skillfully into the net just before half time.
  2. Foxes can often be seen scavenging on the streets of London at night.
  3. David behaves quite well when he is at home but he often causes trouble at school.
  4. The post sometimes doesn’t arrive on time in this part of the city.
  5. Jennifer didn’t immediately recognize the man waving frantically from the balcony at the end of the show.
  6. We are usually unable to offer refunds on the spot, but we will examine your claim thoroughly before the end of the week.
  7. These children have probably never been given the opportunities we all take for granted.
  8. Access to the Internet is no longer available free of charge at our libraries on weekday mornings.
  9. Such losses would normally have been avoided by the use of back-up devices.
  10. Many of the old masters had assistants who would prepare the oil pigments by hand in their studios each morning.

Q 5.

  1. ‘I’m sorry. I really don’t know what you are talking about!’
  2. ‘But that place always is full-on Saturday evenings!’
  3. ’Yes, I often have wondered about that.’
  4. ‘I’m not surprised. He never does listen to my ideas.’
  5. ‘That’s not unusual, the customs officers usually are quite thorough.’
  6. ‘I’m sorry but we honestly don’t know where he is.’
  7. ‘Come off it. You really can’t expect me to just cave in like that.’
  8. ’You absolutely don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, do you?’
  9. ’I’m afraid these programs sometimes do take a long time to download.’
  10. ’Well, she rarely is in the office before noon these days.’

Q 6.

1. Really?7. By the way
2. Apparently8. Naturally
3. Frankly9. Exactly
4. Obviously10. Fortunately
5. Seriously?11. Clearly
6. Admittedly12. Understandably

Q 7.

  1. Financially ruined, the owner of the business rather reluctantly agreed to sell the premises within the month.
  2. There is probably nothing better than collapsing lazily onto a sofa at the end of the day/At the end of the day there is …
  3. Carefully controlled, this amazingly effective new drug can dramatically reduce blood pressure within hours/can reduce blood pressure dramatically within hours/this dramatically effective new drug can amazingly reduce.
  4. Under the circumstances, we deeply regret having to announce the suspension of all staff currently working in our subsidiary in San Diego.
  5. We rarely seem to get the chance to talk seriously about these things these days.
  6. Unfortunately, many of my colleagues thoroughly disapprove of my scheme to update the accounting procedures in the sales department over the next quarter.
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