Adjective or Adverb? Exercise (282)

Choose whether the word in bold face functions as an adjective or as an adverb in each of the following sentences.

  • Can’t you carry that box of light bulbs a bit more carefully?

  • Loose lips sink ships.

  • The teacher’s cough sounds really bad.

  • The new employee is careless about following directions.

  • That ginger flavor ice cream tastes awfully good.

Answers and Explanations

1. Can’t you carry that box of light bulbs a bit more carefully?

Correct: adverb
Carefully is an adverb modifying the verb can (not) carry.

2. Loose lips sink ships.

Correct: adjective
Loose is an adjective qualifying the noun lips.

3. The teacher’s cough sounds really bad.

Correct: adjective
Bad is an adjective that completes the being verb sounds, and describes the noun cough.

4. The new employee is careless about following directions.

Correct: adjective
Careless is an adjective that completes the being verb is and describes the noun employee.

5. That ginger flavor ice cream tastes awfully good.

Correct: adverb
Awfully is an adverb modifying the adjective good.

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