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Traditional English Grammar

Unit I
Parts of Speech Continued:
Adjective and Adverb Quiz 1 Answer Key

Directions: You have underlined all adjectives (except articles a, an, the) and placed parentheses around all (adverbs). Now check your answers with those below. If you missed an item and do not understand why, click on the hyper-text (in blue) to go to the part of the lesson that covers that point of grammar. Use your browser "back" button to return to this page.

1. After a long flight, he looked (unusually) tired.

Tired is a predicate adjective.


2. Has that doctor (ever) had any experience in treating tropical diseases?

That is a demonstrative adjective.


3. (Sometimes) he comes (home) (early) and spends some time with his family.

"Sometimes = when; "home" = where; "early" = when.


4. Although I (often) think of my lonely neighbor, I (seldom) find enough time for a visit.

My is a possessive adjective. Don't confuse with mine, the possessive pronoun.


5. Ellie felt bad about her five errors in math.

This sentence is difficult. To feel good or feel bad about something is such a frequently occurring idiom in English that we are comfortable with "good" and "bad" not being used literally. Ellie didn't feel evil; she felt disappointed. Here's the test: Substitute "good" or "well" in this sentence. Would you say "Ellie felt well about her 'A' in math"? "Well" would clearly be an adverb; "good" is an adjective.


6. I would (gladly) help you, but I must leave (here) (immediately).

"Help you" how? "Leave" where? When?


7. He is handsome but, (unfortunately), (not) (very) intelligent.

Handsome and intelligent are both predicate adjectives.


8. Mr. Sutton, a kind and generous man, has (just) (unselfishly) donated a handsome sum of money to a (very) worthy cause.

"Donated" how? When?


9. During our (most) recent visit to the islands, we were fortunate to see the lovely botanical gardens in full bloom.

Fortunate is a predicate adjective. Watch out for -ly endings that do not indicate adverbs.


10. I am sorry to cancel our dinner plans (tonight), but I do (not) feel (very) well.

Tricky! Sorry in this sentence is a predicate adjective. Compare with happy. Well is also a predicate adjective because it is used in the sense of "ill" and not the sense of "better." If you got all of these correct, you are doing very well indeed


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