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Correct use of adverbs


Correct use of adverbs

Correct use of adverbs (part1)

This is a text according to the training and IELTS test. If you have any questions, we will be happy to comment on this page.

This text is in accordance with the IELTS training in CaliforniaKL College and the IELTS test. If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this page.

Grammar is vital while learning a language. And while English grammar may appear to be simple in comparison to other languages, even a minor error may completely transform the meaning of what you’re trying to express. Therefore, it is important that you are familiar with the different types of words – nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives etc. – as well as the function each plays in the structure of a sentence. As a result, here is a discussion on Adverbs in IELTS, some common mistakes that test takers make and how to prevent them when taking the actual IELTS test.

Role of Adverbs in IELTS

One of the most vital requirements of the IELTS examination is having a good grasp of the use of grammatical devices and structures. Similarly, it is important to understand the use of adverbs for IELTS, especially for writing and speaking tasks, in order to make your answers look more refined and experienced. The proper use of adverbs can help in providing meaning and accuracy to what you want to say in your answers by either modifying or giving extra information about verbs, adjectives or whole clauses.

Adverbs in IELTS – Diagnose Test, Grammar Explanation & Practice Exercises

If you want to look professional in your IELTS exam, we recommend you make use of adverbs to give your ideas about the sentence. Adding the adverbs in front of the sentences may help you to express the meaning as well as helping you improve your grammar. This will help the examiner to know what you are going to say next in a sentence. In this article, we have included a diagnose test, grammar explanation for adverbs and adverbs exercises for practice to help you understand the use of adverbs for IELTS.

Diagnostic Test: Adverbs

Underline the correct form or phrase in bold.


  • I haven’t seen that much of the late/ lately.
  1. You’re bound to be promoted; the boss thinks very high/ highly of you.
  2. The elephant trek took us deep/ deeply into the rainforest.
  3. In our school fifty roughly/ roughly fifty students have mobile phones.
  4. As we descended the hill the car began to go faster/ faster.
  5. I’ve had a lot of insomnia recently. I only slept yesterday/ Yesterday I only slept four hours.
  6. Weekly I get paid/ I get paid weekly, so I can pay the rent on Saturday.
  7. Here lies the tomb / The tomb here lies of Sir Jasper Willoughby.
  8. The train strike won’t affect her, she arrives usually / usually arrives by taxi.
  9. Liz isn’t our most punctual member of staff, she is often/ often is late for work.
  10. I’m afraid that we still don’t/ don’t still know his name.
  11. You’ll never get your money back because the company isn’t trading any longer/ any longer trading.
  12. My parents aren’t very sociable, in fact, they go out hardly ever/ hardly ever go out.
  13. I’m sorry that the kids badly behaved/ behaved badly while you were babysitting.

Rewrite these sentences, putting the adverb in brackets in the correct position.


  • She has got a place in the shortlist. (definitely)
  • She has definitely got a place in the shortlist.

14. I thought his performance was good. (pretty)

15. The patient’s body is now entirely free of symptoms. (almost)

16. These days I take my health much more seriously. (probably)

17. She’s my worst enemy and I don’t like her. (really)

18. Rejected. Harriet turned to food for comfort. (emotionally)

19. I bumped into your brother at the supermarket. (incidentally)

20. I understood everything because the teacher answered the question. (clearly) 

 continue in part 2

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