Common Mistakes and Dangling Modifiers

Mistake 1: Double Comparisons You can not combine the suffix er or est and the word more or most. You can only use one at a time. The giant was more bigger than the knight. (incorrect)The giant was bigger than the knight. (correct) Mistake 2: Double Negatives You know from math class that a negative plus a negative equals a positive. The same holds true in English. If […]

Challenging Adjectives and Adverbs

Challenge 4: Often Confused Adjectives and AdverbsGood/well Good (adjective): I did a good job.Well (adverb): I did well on that test.Well (adjective): I had a cold, but I am finally feeling well. Bad/badly Bad (adjective): I have a bad reaction to corn.Badly (adverb): We played badly in last night’s soccer game. Real/really Real (adjective – opposite of imaginary): A real ladybug flew onto my paper.Really (adverb – means very): My picture of a […]

Challenging Comparisons

Challenge 1: Irregular Adjectives and Adverbs Some frequently used adjectives and adverbs form comparative and superlative forms in irregular ways. good better best bad worse worst well better best much more most many more most some more most Challenge 2: Multiple Meaning Modifiers Some positive forms have multiple meanings, and each meaning has different, irregular […]

Comparing with Adjectives and Adverbs

We often use adjectives and adverbs to compare. There are three degrees of comparison, positive (or negative), comparative, and superlative.Definition: If you are talking about only one thing, you can’t really compare, but if the word modified possesses that characteristic, it is used in the positive. If it is a negative characteristic, it is in the […]

Adjective versus Adverb

It can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between adjectives and adverbs in a sentence. You must ask yourself what word the modifier is modifying. If the modified word is a noun, the modifier is an adjective. If the modified word is a verb, adjective, or adverb, the modifier is an adverb. To complete […]

Special Types of Adverbs

Other Types of Adverbs Some nouns can act as adverbs, and some adverbs do unusual jobs.Definition: Adverbial nouns may appear to be direct objects, but instead of answering the question “What?” they tell where, where to, how long, how far, or how much. Where: We bicycle the back roads for safety and the scenery.Where to (direction): We sailed east from Florida.How long: The car ride lasted four hours.How far: I run two miles every […]

Adverbs Modifying Other Adverbs

An adverb can tell to what extent another adverb modifies a word. An adverb that modifies another adverb is called an intensifier. My sister runs very fast. (Very tells how fast she runs.)Almost daily my teacher gives us a quiz. (Almost tells how daily.) Position of Adverbs Adverbs that modify other adverbs must go directly before the adverbs they modify. It seems […]

Adverbs Modifying Adjectives

An adverb can tell to what extent an adjective modifies a noun. An adverb that modifies an adjective is called an intensifier. That is an unusually tall tree. (Unusually tells how tall the tree is.)Jared’s sister is exceptionally smart. (Exceptionally tells how smart the sister is.) Position of Adverbs Adverbs that modify adjectives must go directly before the adjectives they modify. […]

Adverbs Modifying Verbs

You know that words that modify nouns (or pronouns) are adjectives. Words that modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs are adverbs.Definition: An adverb modifies a verb, adjective, or another adverb. Adverbs answer the questions when, where, how, and to what extent (how much or how long). when: Yesterday we went to school. where: We saw the bird there. how: The car drove fast. […]

Order of Adjectives

In sentences, adjectives are usually found before the nouns they modify, but they may also come after the noun if separated by commas, or they may come after a linking verb. Adjectives before the noun: The fluffy white clouds floated across the sky. Adjectives after the noun: Adjectives can be moved to immediately after the noun if […]