Word Class: Adjectives & Adverbs

Adjectives and adverbs let our readers know what we think about the subjects that we are writing about. In the table below, see how simply adding an adjective or adverb changes your impression of the subject.




Used to describe the qualities, quantities, or states of being of nouns

Used to describe verbs and tells where, how, when, or to what extent


expensive, pretty, green, giant, three

very, quite, almost, largely, truthfully

In a sentence

She wore glasses to school.
She wore sparkly glasses to school.

She could see the whiteboard.
She could barely see the whiteboard.


Adjectives that modify the same noun should be separated by a comma or the word “and”. For example, “She’s wearing roundpink glasses.”

Adverbs can also modify adjectives. This adds a degree of intensity to an adjective. For example, “My vision is slightly blurry.”

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