Review: Adverbs and Adjectives

Choose the correct word in each of the following sentences.

 

 

1. Many people have tried to sell us vacuum cleaners, but you are certainly one of the *** salespeople we have met.

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Answer:

The answer more persuasive is not correct.

Explanation: 

The superlative "most persuasive" is correct because the sentence are comparing more than two salespeople ("many").

 

 

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Answer:

The answer most persuasive is correct.

Explanation: 

The superlative "most persuasive" is correct because the sentence are comparing more than two salespeople ("many").

 

 

 

 

2. The sound quality of this film is poor, and the picture is focused *** as well.

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Answer:

The answer bad is not correct.

Explanation: 

The adverb "badly" is correct because it modifies the verb "focused."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer badly is correct.

Explanation: 

The adverb "badly" is correct because it modifies the verb "focused."

 

 

 

 

3. My brother's roommate this year is *** than the graduate student he lived with last year.

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Answer:

The answer louder is correct.

Explanation: 

The comparative "louder" is correct because the sentence is comparing two things: my brother's roommate this year and his roommate last year. Note that "more louder" is incorrect because it is a double comparison.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer loudest is not correct.

Explanation: 

The comparative "louder" is correct because the sentence is comparing two things: my brother's roommate this year and his roommate last year. Note that "more louder" is incorrect because it is a double comparison.

 

 

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Answer:

The answermore  louder is not correct.

Explanation: 

The comparative "louder" is correct because the sentence is comparing two things: my brother's roommate this year and his roommate last year. Note that "more louder" is incorrect because it is a double comparison.

 

 

 

 

4. That executive dresses *** and knows his material.

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Answer:

The answer smart is not correct.

Explanation: 

The adverb "smartly" is correct because it modifies the verb "dresses."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer smartly is correct.

Explanation: 

The adverb "smartly" is correct because it modifies the verb "dresses."

 

 

 

 

5. She is *** effective at making group presentations.

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Answer:

The answer real is not correct.

Explanation:

The adverb "really" is correct because it modifies the adjective "effective." Note that in formal writing, you should use "very" instead of the more colloquial "really."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer really is correct.

Explanation:

The adverb "really" is correct because it modifies the adjective "effective." Note that in formal writing, you should use "very" instead of the more colloquial "really."

 

 

 

 

6. We have studied the proposals from both firms and have decided that although Zero Inc.'s fees are high, it is the *** reliable company.

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Answer:

The answer more is correct.

Explanation:

The comparative "more" is correct here because we are comparing two firms.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer most is not correct.

Explanation:

The comparative "more" is correct here because we are comparing two firms.

 

 

 

 

7. Gerald is a more skillful piano player than I, but he *** the best musician in our band.

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Answer:

The answer isn't hardly is not correct.

Explanation:

"Is hardly" is the correct choice because "isn't hardly" is a double negative. Remember that some adverbs, including "hardly," imply the negative.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer is hardly is correct.

Explanation:

"Is hardly" is the correct choice because "isn't hardly" is a double negative. Remember that some adverbs, including "hardly," imply the negative.

 

 

 

 

8. Sunita followed the recipe closely, but the cake smelled *** after twenty minutes in the oven.

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Answer:

The answer strangely is not correct.

Explanation:

The adjective "strange" is correct because it is describing the noun "cake," not the verb "smelled." "Smelled" is a linking verb here, and "strange" is its subject complement. Remember that subject complements are always nouns or adjectives, never adverbs.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer strange is  correct.

Explanation:

The adjective "strange" is correct because it is describing the noun "cake," not the verb "smelled." "Smelled" is a linking verb here, and "strange" is its subject complement. Remember that subject complements are always nouns or adjectives, never adverbs.

 

 

 

 

9. Her husband draws so *** that he has been asked to submit sketches to a local graphic art firm.

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Answer:

The answer good is not correct.

Explanation:

The adverb "well" is correct because it modifies the verb "draws."

 

 

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Answer:

The answer well is  correct.

Explanation:

The adverb "well" is correct because it modifies the verb "draws."

 

 

 

 

10. She accepted responsibility for the accident, and she felt *** about the whole incident for weeks afterward.

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Answer:

The answer badly is not correct.

Explanation:

 The adjective "bad" is correct because it is modifying the pronoun "she," not the verb "felt." "Felt" is a linking verb here, and "bad" is its subject complement. Remember that subject complements are always nouns or adjectives, never adverbs.

 

 

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Answer:

The answer bad is correct.

Explanation:

 The adjective "bad" is correct because it is modifying the pronoun "she," not the verb "felt." "Felt" is a linking verb here, and "bad" is its subject complement. Remember that subject complements are always nouns or adjectives, never adverbs.