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Tutoring Tips for Helping Students Identify Adjectives and Adverbs

Most students know that a verb is something you do and that a noun is a person, place, or thing, but the other parts of speech, such as adverbs and adjectives, are not always well comprehended. That is why today at The Tutoring Center in Mountain View we want to quickly go over how to distinguish the difference between adjectives and adverbs.

How to Distinguish Between Adjectives and Adverbs

Both adjectives and adverbs describe or modify, the only difference is what they modify or describe. The best way to distinguish what one or the other modifies or describes is to use the name itself to remember. Adjectives modify a noun or pronoun while adverbs modify a verb or adjective or even another adverb.


  • Numbers and articles (a, an, the) fall under the category of adjectives.
  • A noun can have more than one adjective.  Example: The tiny red car is his.
  • Comparative adjectives compare one element to another. Example: He is better in sports than his brother.
  • Superlative adjectives tell us what is the highest degree of something. Examples: That is the smallest house I have ever seen. She is the best sister in the world.


  •  Examples of adverbs: nearly, loudly, never, often, very, etc.
  • Many times, adverbs have the ending ¨-ly¨ making them easy to detect with the following formula: adjective + ¨ly¨ = adverb. However, this is not always the case. Other adverbs such as: hard, just, well, and sometimes, are examples of how adverbs do not always necessarily end in ¨ly¨.
  • There are cases where adverbs also modify other adverbs. Example: She yelled very loudly.

The Best Help in Grammar and All School Subjects At The Tutoring Center in Mountain View

Grammar is not exactly the easiest subject to grasp, but tutoring can facilitate this and other subjects. Call (650) 396-7680 and let The Tutoring Center of Mountain View help your child, today.


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