Adverbs of Manner and Adverbs Used in Comparisons – Grammar Lesson

CHAPTER 25.  ADVERBS OF MANNER AND ADVERBS USED IN COMPARISONS

1. Adverbs of manner

Adverbs of manner are the largest group of adverbs. Most adverbs of manner are closely related to corresponding adjectives. Although some words can be used as either adjectives or adverbs, in most cases, adverbs of manner are formed by adding ly to the corresponding adjectives.

a. Spelling rules for adding ly

In most cases, ly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  bad  badly
  complete  completely
  normal  normally
  surprising  surprisingly
i. Adjectives ending in ic

However, when the adjective ends in ic, the syllable al is usually added before the ly ending. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  dramatic  dramatically
  scientific  scientifically
  specific  specifically
ii. Adjectives ending in le

When the adjective ends in le preceded by a consonant, the final e is usually changed to y, to form the ly ending. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  favorable  favorably
  humble  humbly
  simple  simply

When the adjective ends in le preceded by a vowel, in most cases, ly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  agile  agilely
  sole  solely

However, in the case of the adjective whole, the final e is removed before the ending ly is added:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  whole  wholly
iii. Adjectives ending in ll

When the adjective ends in ll, only y is added. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  dull  dully
  full  fully
  shrill  shrilly
iv. Adjectives ending in ue

When the adjective ends in ue, the final e is usually omitted before the ending ly is added. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  due  duly
  true  truly
v. Adjectives ending in y

When the adjective ends in y preceded by a consonant, the y is usually changed to i before the ending ly is added. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  busy  busily
  easy  easily
  happy  happily

However, in the case of the adjectives shy and slyly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  shy  shyly
  sly  slyly

When the adjective ends in y preceded by a vowel, in most cases, ly is simply added to the positive form of the adjective. For example:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  coy  coyly
  grey  greyly

However, in the case of the adjective gayy is changed to i before the ending ly is added:

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  gay  gaily

See Exercise 1.

It should be noted that while most adverbs which end in ly are adverbs of manner, other types of adverb may also end in ly. For instance, consequently and subsequently are connecting adverbs. The following are adverbs of frequency which are formed by adding ly to the corresponding adjectives.

AdjectiveAdverb of Frequency
  frequent  frequently
  rare  rarely
  usual  usually

b. Adverbs which do not use the ending ly

The adverb of manner well appears unrelated to the corresponding adjective, goodGood and well both have the comparative form better and the superlative form best.

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  good  well

It should be noted that in addition to being used as an adverb, the word well can also be used as an adjective with the meaning healthy. The adjective well is most often used as a predicate adjective.
e.g. Well used as an Adjective: I hope you are well.
Well used as an Adverb: He did well on the examination.
In the first example, well is a predicate adjective, modifying the pronoun you. In the second example, well is an adverb of manner, modifying the verb did.

The following table gives examples of adverbs of manner, location, time and frequency which have the same forms as the corresponding adjectives.

AdjectiveAdverb of Manner
  fast  fast
  hard  hard
  little  little
  loud  loud or loudly
  much  much
  straight  straight
AdjectiveAdverb of Location
  far  far
  high  high
  low  low
  near  near
  wide  wide
AdjectiveAdverb of Time
  early  early
  first  first
  late  late
  long  long
AdjectiveAdverb of Frequency
  daily  daily
  monthly  monthly
  weekly  weekly
  yearly  yearly

See Exercise 2.

It should also be noted that there are several adjectives ending in ly which have no corresponding adverbs:

friendly
likely
lively
lonely
silly
ugly

When it is desired to use one of these words to modify a verb, an adverb phrase of manner may be used. In the following examples, the adverb phrases are underlined.
e.g. He behaved in a friendly manner.
They acted in a silly way.

The following table gives examples of pairs of adverbs which are closely related, but which have different meanings.

Adverbs With and Without ly Endings

AdverbMeaningAdverbMeaning
  hard  with effort  hardly  scarcely
  high  opposite of low  highly  very; very well
  late  opposite of early  lately  recently
  near  opposite of far  nearly  almost
  wide  opposite of narrow  widely  commonly

The meanings of these adverbs are illustrated in the following examples.
e.g. I worked hard.
I have hardly enough time to finish.

He threw the ball high into the air.
He is highly successful in what he does.

The class began late.
The weather has been cold lately.

I held my breath as the squirrel crept near to get the nuts.
I have nearly finished reading the book.

I opened the door wide.
That theory is widely believed.

c. The differing functions of adjectives and adverbs

When an adverb differs in form from a corresponding adjective, it is necessary to distinguish between the functions of adjectives and adverbs in order to determine which form should be used in a given situation.

Whereas adjectives modify nouns, pronouns, and expressions which serve the same grammatical functions as nouns; adverbs modify verbs, adjectives and adverbs.

i. Adjectives which modify nouns compared with adverbs which modify verbs

The following examples illustrate the distinction which must be made between adjectives which modify nouns and adverbs which modify verbs. The adjectives and adverbs are printed in bold type, and the words which are modified are underlined.
e.g. Adjective: It has been a quiet afternoon.
Adverb: The afternoon passed quietly.

Adjective: She is a good musician.
Adverb: She plays the flute very well.

In the first pair of sentences, the adjective quiet modifies the noun afternoon, whereas the adverb quietly modifies the verb passed. In the second pair of sentences, the adjective good modifies the noun musician, whereas the adverb well modifies the verb plays.

In informal English, adjectives are sometimes used to modify verbs.
e.g. She plays good.
In this example, the adjective good is used to modify the verb plays. However, this use of adjectives is considered to be grammatically incorrect.

See Exercise 3.

ii. Adjectives which modify nouns compared with adverbs which modify adjectives

The following examples illustrate the distinction which must be made between adjectives which modify nouns and adverbs which modify adjectives.
e.g. Adjective: a large wooden building
Adverb: a largely wooden building

Adjectiveconspicuous dark clouds
Adverbconspicuously dark clouds

In the first pair of phrases, the adjective large modifies the noun building, and the adverb largely modifies the adjective wooden. Thus, the phrase a large wooden building has the meaning a big wooden building, whereas the phrase a largely wooden building has the meaning a building mostly made of wood.

In the second pair of phrases, the adjective conspicuous modifies the noun clouds, and the adverb conspicuously modifies the adjective dark. Thus, the phrase conspicuous dark clouds means that the clouds themselves are noticeable; whereas the phrase conspicuously dark clouds means that the darkness of the clouds is noticeable.

See Exercise 4.

iii. Predicate adjectives which modify the subjects of verbs compared with adverbs which modify verbs

As pointed out previously, certain verbs, called linking verbs, can be followed by predicate adjectives. A distinction must be made between predicate adjectives which modify the subjects of linking verbs, and adverbs which modify verbs.

A few linking verbs, such as the verb to be, can be followed by predicate adjectives, but cannot be modified by adverbs of manner. In the following examples using the verb to be, the nouns which are modified are underlined.
e.g. He is happy.
The wind was strong.
In these examples, the predicate adjectives happy and strong modify the subjects he and wind.

However, there are several verbs which can be used either as linking verbs followed by predicate adjectives, or as non-linking verbs modified by adverbs of manner. The following examples illustrate the use of the verb to appear as a linking verb and as a non-linking verb.
e.g. Linking Verb: His uncle appeared kind.
Non-linking Verb: His uncle appeared punctually at ten o’clock.

In the first example, kind is a predicate adjective which modifies the noun uncle. In the second example, punctually is an adverb of manner which modifies the verb appeared.

The verbs below can be used either as linking or non-linking verbs:

  to appear  to become
  to feel  to grow
  to look  to remain
  to smell  to sound
  to taste  to turn

If the subject of the verb is to be modified, a predicate adjective is required after such verbs; whereas if the verb is to be modified, an adverb is required. In the pairs of examples below, the verbs to growto look and to turn are used first as linking verbs followed by adjectives, and then as non-linking verbs modified by adverbs. The adjectives and adverbs are printed in bold type, and the words which are modified are underlined.

e.g. Adjective: As he became old, he grew slow at remembering dates.
Adverb: The tree grew slowly.

AdjectiveThey looked anxious.
Adverb: We looked anxiously up the street.

Adjective: The weather turned cold.
Adverb: She turned coldly away from the salesman.

In these examples, the predicate adjectives slowanxious and cold modify the subjects hethey and weather; whereas the adverbs of manner slowlyanxiously and coldly modify the verbs grewlooked and turned.

See Exercise 5.

2. Adverbs used in comparisons

a. The formation of comparative and superlative forms of adverbs

It should be noted that many adverbs, such as sometimesneverheretherenowthenfirstagainyesterday and daily have no comparative or superlative forms.

i. Adverbs used with More and Most

Most adverbs used in comparisons, including those formed from corresponding adjectives by adding the ending ly, form the comparative with the word more, and the superlative with the word most. For example:

Positive FormComparative FormSuperlative Form
  carefully  more carefully  most carefully
  easily  more easily  most easily
  frequently  more frequently  most frequently
  slowly  more slowly  most slowly
  softly  more softly  most softly
ii. Adverbs used with the endings er and est

Adverbs which have the same positive forms as corresponding adjectives generally also have the same comparative and superlative forms as the corresponding adjectives. For example:

Positive FormComparative FormSuperlative Form
  early  earlier  earliest
  fast  faster  fastest
  hard  harder  hardest
  high  higher  highest
  late  later  latest
  long  longer  longest
  low  lower  lowest
  near  nearer  nearest
  straight  straighter  straightest

The adverb of time soon also uses the endings er and est:

Positive FormComparative FormSuperlative Form
  soon  sooner  soonest

It should be noted that adverbs formed by adding ly to one-syllable adjectives are sometimes used with the endings er and est.
e.g. We walked slower and slower.
They sang the softest.

However, in modern English, it is generally considered to be more correct to write:
We walked more and more slowly.
They sang the most softly.

iii. Irregular adverbs

The irregular adverbs have the same comparative and superlative forms as the corresponding irregular adjectives:

Positive FormComparative FormSuperlative Form
  badly  worse  worst
  far  farther or further  farthest or furthest
  little  less  least
  much  more  most
  well  better  best

b. Positive forms of adverbs used in comparisons

The constructions employed when adverbs are used in comparisons are very similar to those employed when adjectives are used in comparisons.

i. The construction with As … As

When used in making comparisons, the positive form of an adverb is usually preceded and followed by as. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.

  as   +  positive form   +  as
  of adverb
        I can run  as  fast  as  you can.
        He moves  as  slowly  as  a snail.
        Her eyes shone  as  brightly  as  stars.

If desired, an adverb may be placed before the first occurrence of as:

  adverb   +  as   +  positive form   +  as
  of adverb
        I can run  twice  as  fast  as  you can.
        Her eyes shone  almost  as  brightly  as  stars.
ii. Ellipsis

Ellipsis is often employed in comparisons using adverbs. For instance, in the second half of such comparisons, instead of repeating the verb, the first auxiliary may be used, or the verb may be omitted entirely. In the following examples, the words which would usually be omitted are enclosed in square brackets.
e.g. I can run as fast as you can [run].
He moves as slowly as a snail [moves].
Her eyes shone as brightly as stars [shine].

c. Comparative forms of adverbs used in comparisons

i. The construction with Than

When used in making comparisons, the comparative form of an adverb is usually followed by than. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.

  comparative form   +  than
  of adverb
        He can swim  farther  than  I can.
        She sings  more beautifully  than  her sister does.

As is the case with comparisons using adjectives, comparisons using adverbs can be combined with phrases or clauses.
e.g. She performs better in front of an audience than she does in rehearsal.
They walked faster when they were on their way to school than they did
when they were on their way home.

In the first example, the two situations being compared are distinguished by the phrases in front of an audience and in rehearsal. In the second example, the two situations being compared are distinguished by the clauses when they were on their way to school and when they were on their way home. The use of ellipsis should be noted. In the first example, the auxiliary does is used instead of repeating the verb performs. In the second example, the auxiliary did is used instead of repeating the verb walked.

See Exercise 6.

ii. Progressive comparisons

The comparative forms of adverbs can be used in progressive comparisons. For adverbs with the ending er, the following construction is used:

  comparative form   +  and   +  comparative form
  of adverb  of adverb
e.g.   The plane flew  higher  and  higher.
        The team performed  better  and  better.

The meanings expressed in these examples can also be expressed as follows:
e.g. The plane flew increasingly high.
The team performed increasingly well.

For adverbs which form the comparative with more, the following construction is used:

  more   +  and   +  more   +  positive form
  of adverb
        He solved the problems  more  and  more  easily.
        We visited them  more  and  more  frequently.

The meanings expressed in these examples can also be expressed as follows:
e.g. He solved the problems increasingly easily.
We visited them increasingly frequently.

iii. The construction with Less and Less

A similar construction, employing the expression less and less, can also be used. The expressions less and less and more and more have opposite meanings.

  less   +  and   +  less   +  positive form
  of adverb
        He solved the problems  less  and  less  easily.
        We visited them  less  and  less  frequently.

The meanings expressed in these examples can also be expressed as follows:
e.g. He solved the problems decreasingly easily.
We visited them decreasingly frequently.

See Exercise 7.

iv. The construction with The …, the …

Two clauses, each beginning with the, and each containing a comparative form of an adjective or adverb, can be used together in order to indicate a cause and effect relationship between two different things or events. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.

  comparative  1st part of  comparative  2nd part of
  The   +  form of adverb   +  comparison,   +  the   +  form of adverb   +  comparison
  or adjective  or adjective
  The  more  they eat,  the  fatter  they get.
  The  faster  we skated,  the  warmer  we felt.

The following are further examples of the use of this type of construction. In these examples, the comparative forms are underlined.
e.g. The more cleverly we hid the Easter eggs, the more enthusiastically the children searched for them.
The more I scold her, the worse she behaves.
As shown in the examples, in this type of construction the two clauses beginning with the must be separated by a comma.

d. Superlative forms of adverbs used in comparisons

i. The construction with The

When used in making comparisons, the superlative form of an adverb is usually preceded by the. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.

  the   +  superlative form
  of adverb
        He jumped  the  highest  of all the boys in the class.
        Our team plays  the  best  of all the teams in the league.
        They sing  the  most sweetly  of all the choirs I have heard.

See Exercises 8 and 9.

In the case of adverbs which form the superlative with the ending est, the superlative is sometimes preceded by a possessive adjective, instead of by the definite article, the. In the following examples, the possessive adjectives are printed in bold type.
e.g. He ran his fastest.
I did my best.

ii. The construction with The Least

Adverbs may also be preceded by the expression the least. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples. The words least and most have opposite meanings.

  the   +  least   +  positive form
  of adverb
        She speaks  the  least  loudly  of all the children.
        This bus runs  the  least  often.

EXERCISES for Chapter 25

  1. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the adverb which corresponds to the adjective given in brackets. For example:
    The letter was ________ legible. (scarce)
    The letter was scarcely legible.

He did the work as _________ as possible. (careful)
He did the work as carefully as possible.

They won the game ______. (easy)
They won the game easily.

She handled the situation very _______. (capable)
She handled the situation very capably.

I _____ expected that to happen. (full)
fully expected that to happen.

The view was _____ magnificent. (true)
The view was truly magnificent.

The theory has never been ______________ proved. (scientific)
The theory has never been scientifically proved.

  1. I was __________ impressed by their courage. (due)
  2. The children chattered _____________. (noisy)
    3 The sun shone _____________ behind the clouds. (pale)
  3. They have settled in ______________. (comfortable)
  4. He _______________ maintained his point of view. (dogmatic)
  5. Everything is proceeding ___________. (normal)
  6. Please drive ____________. (slow)
  7. She worked _____________ until nine o’clock. (steady)
  8. The cost of fuel has risen ______________. (dramatic)
  9. He _____________ scrambled up the slope. (agile)
    ii. Everything was explained clearly and ____________. (simple)
  10. The train whistle blew ____________ at the crossing. (shrill)
  11. ____________ , it stopped raining before we had to leave. (lucky)
  12. She was signaling ______________. (frantic)
  13. That was ____________ unexpected. (whole)
  14. We arrived _____________. (punctual)
  15. England is a ____________ populated country. (dense)
  16. They are ___________ dependent on coal for fuel. (sole)
  17. The material was produced _______________. (synthetic)
  18. They ___________ agreed to the proposal. (ready)

  19. For each of the following sentences, fill in the blank with the adverb which corresponds to the adjective given in brackets. For example:
    He hit the ball ____. (hard)
    He hit the ball hard.

The newspaper is delivered _____. (daily)
The newspaper is delivered daily.

She did ____ in the competition. (good)
She did well in the competition.

Please close the door _______. (quiet)
Please close the door quietly.

  1. I drove ____________ home. (straight)
  2. We came to work ____________. (early)
  3. She ____________ filled in the answers. (quick)
  4. He like to drive ____________. (fast)
  5. We proceeded ______________. (cautious)
  6. He threw the ball ____________ into the air. (high)
  7. How __________ do you know her? (good)
  8. We arrived _________. (late)
  9. They did the work ___________. (bad)
  10. He spoke ___________. (little)
    ii. The gathering is held . (annual)
  11. They replied _____________. (immediate)
  12. The workers met ____________. (weekly)
  13. I will deal with that problem ____________. (first)
  14. They were ______________ dressed for the occasion. (suitable)
  15. For each of the following sentences, pay attention to whether the word to be placed in the blank modifies a noun or a verb, and complete the sentence with either the adjective given in brackets or the corresponding adverb, as appropriate. For example:
    It is necessary to wear _____ clothes in the winter. (thick)
    It is necessary to wear thick clothes in the winter.

Snow fell _______ on the ground. (thick)
Snow fell thickly on the ground.

  1. We ______________ concluded the deal. (successful)
  2. He is a ______________ businessman. (successful)
  3. There was a ___________ rain in the morning. (light)
  4. She ran ____________ up the steps. (light)
  5. The path was ____________ marked. (clear)
  6. We gave him a ____________ signal to continue. (clear)
  7. I ___________ disagree with you. (strong)
  8. There is a ____________ wind from the north. (strong)
  9. She waved _____________. (cheerful)
  10. I gazed at the __________ water of the lake. (tranquil)
  11. The engine operates as ______________ as possible. (efficient)
  12. Is that a ____________ decision? (recent)
  13. He has behaved very ______________. (responsible)
  14. ____________ snow is forecast for tomorrow. (heavy)
  15. I opened the door ____________ and stepped outside. (quiet)
  16. Icicles hung from the ____________ needles of the pine trees. (dark)
  17. For each of the following sentences, pay attention to whether the word to be placed in the blank modifies a noun or an adjective, and complete the sentence with either the adjective given in brackets or the corresponding adverb, as appropriate. For example:
    A ____ wooden fence surrounded the playground. (high)
    high wooden fence surrounded the playground.

A ______ skilled worker will be required for this job. (high)
highly skilled worker will be required for this job.

  1. They have a _________ front lawn. (wide)
  2. He has challenged a __________ held theory. (wide)
  3. Every author likes to receive ___________ book reviews. (favorable)
  4. ____________ situated farms often produce higher yields than other farms. (favorable)
  5. Many ______________ incomprehensible phenomena have been explained with the help of modern science. (previous)
  6. Many _____________ city councils have succeeded in balancing the budget. (previous)
  7. ____________ weather conditions have prevailed for the past ten days. (unusual)
  8. An ______________ large number of variables must be taken into account. (extreme)
  9. ______________ few people understand the situation. (relative)
  10. She wrote a ______________ short story. (humorous)
  11. That was a ____________ occurring event. (frequent)
  12. Our city boasts a _____________ bus service. (frequent)
  13. It was a __________ Easter Sunday. (hot)
  14. It was a __________ debated issue. (hot)
  15. For each of the following sentences, pay attention to whether the word to be placed in the blank modifies the verb or the subject of the verb, and complete the sentence with either the adjective given in brackets or the corresponding adverb, as appropriate. For example:
    We tasted the soup ____________. (suspicious)
    We tasted the soup suspiciously.

The meal tasted _________. (delicious)
The meal tasted delicious.

  1. The moon appeared ____________ between the clouds. (brief)
  2. He looked ______________. (happy)
  3. He looked ______________ at the timetable. (attentive)
  4. We felt ____________ after supper. (sleepy)
  5. After the lights went out, we felt our way ____________ to our rooms. (sleepy)
  6. The maple tree grew ____________. (quick)
  7. The sky grew ____________. (dark)
  8. He became ______________ at the thought of giving a speech. (excited)
  9. She became a teacher ______________ after graduating. (immediate)
  10. The pastries smelled ____________. (sweet)
  11. We ____________ smelled the aroma of fresh bread. (eager)
  12. Rewrite the following sentences as comparisons, using the comparative form of the adverb, and the word than. For each sentence, use the word or words given in brackets as the second part of the comparison. For example:
    The living room was furnished elegantly. (the study)
    The living room was furnished more elegantly than the study.

Because they were nervous, they performed badly. (they should have)
Because they were nervous, they performed worse than they should have.

  1. The train travels fast. (the bus)
  2. In the morning, the sun shone brightly. (in the afternoon)
  3. The footpath runs straight. (the road)
  4. Joe sings badly. (Rick)
  5. I got up early. (you did)
  6. The wild deer came near. (I had expected)
  7. Her son plays the violin well. (her daughter does)
  8. Captain Cook sailed far. (Columbus did)
  9. You are late. (the others)
  10. The stream flows swiftly. (the river)
  11. She studies hard. (her classmates)
  12. The project was completed successfully. (we had anticipated)
  13. Rewrite the following sentences, using progressive comparisons instead of the adverb increasingly, and using the expression less and less instead of the adverb decreasingly. For example:
    The rain fell increasingly heavily.
    The rain fell more and more heavily.

The wind blew increasingly hard.
The wind blew harder and harder.

Finally, the rain drummed decreasingly loudly on the roof.
Finally, the rain drummed less and less loudly on the roof.

  1. As the evening wore on, we spoke decreasingly animatedly.
  2. The spectators cheered increasingly loudly.
  3. The chirping of the crickets disturbed us increasingly little.
  4. As he grew older, he walked increasingly far.
  5. The new shuttle service functioned increasingly reliably.
  6. The sun shone decreasingly intensely.
  7. As I became tired, I wrote increasingly slowly.
  8. The boy learned to read increasingly well.
  9. Rewrite each of the following sentences, changing the positive form of the adverb to the superlative form, and using the definite article the. Use the words given in brackets as the second part of the comparison. For example:
    This window opens easily. (of all the windows in the room)
    This window opens the most easily of all the windows in the room.

He plays this piece well. (of anyone in the band)
He plays this piece the best of anyone in the band.

  1. She understood the lesson readily. (of all the pupils in the class)
  2. This kite flies badly. (of all the kites I have ever made)
  3. That train leaves early. (of all the trains departing from this station)
  4. Last night it snowed hard. (of any night in the year)
  5. The potato field produces little. (of all the fields on the farm)
  6. This highway runs straight. (of all the highways in the country)
  7. She speaks quietly. (of all the people I know)
  8. The bass sings low. (of all the singers)
  9. Eagles fly high. (of all the birds which live in the mountains)
  10. She prepares meals well. (of all the students in the class)
  11. They regard his proposal favorably. (of all the proposals they have received)
  12. Bill ran far. (of all the boys)
  13. His arrow came near. (to the center of the target)
  14. This bus travels slowly. (of all the buses)
  15. Paying attention to the sentence structure, complete each of the following sentences correctly by filling in the blank with the positive, comparative, or superlative form of the adverb given in brackets. For example:
    We clapped as ______ as we could. (loudly)
    We clapped as loudly as we could.

They arrived _____________ than they had expected. (promptly)
They arrived more promptly than we had expected.

She swam the ________ of all the girls in the school. (far)
She swam the farthest of all the girls in the school.

The more you study, the ______ you will do on the test. (well)
The more you study, the better you will do on the test.

  1. Cheetahs run the _______________ of all mammals. (fast)
  2. We described our experiences as ______________ as we could. (vividly)
  3. The more encores she sings, the _____________________ the audience applauds. (enthusiastically)
  4. He practises the ___________________ of all the members of the team. (diligently)
  5. The ___________ you study, the poorer your marks will be. (little)
  6. He explains his ideas ____________________ than you do. (convincingly)
  7. They wrote as _________________ as possible. (intelligibly)
  8. Seagulls fly ______________ than ducks do. (well)
  9. Birds of prey soar the _________________ of all birds. (impressively)
  10. The ______________ you exercise, the stronger you will become. (much)
  11. They have traveled as __________________ as possible. (widely)
  12. She examined the material __________________ than I did. (thoroughly)
  13. He explains the subject the __________________ of all the teachers in the school. (well)
  14. Advanced skiers complete the course twice as ________________ as beginners. (rapidly)
  15. I have written out the assignment __________________ than you have. (neatly)
  16. The ______________ I walk, the more refreshed I feel. (far)

ANSWERS TO THE EXERCISES for Chapter 25

Answers to Exercise 1:
1. duly 2. noisily 3. palely 4. comfortably 5. dogmatically 6. normally 7. slowly 8. steadily 9. dramatically 10. agilely 11. simply 12. shrilly 13. luckily 14. frantically 15. wholly 16. punctually 17. densely 18. solely 19. synthetically 20. readily

Answers to Exercise 2:
1. straight 2. early 3. quickly 4. fast 5. cautiously 6. high 7. well 8. late 9. badly 10. little 11. annually 12. immediately 13. weekly 14. first 15. suitably

Answers to Exercise 3:
1. successfully 2. successful 3. light 4. lightly 5. clearly 6. clear 7. strongly 8. strong 9. cheerfully 10. tranquil 11. efficiently 12. recent 13. responsibly 14. Heavy 15. quietly 16. dark

Answers to Exercise 4:
1. wide 2. widely 3. favorable 4. Favorably 5. previously 6. previous 7. Unusual 8. extremely 9. Relatively 10. humorous 11. frequently 12. frequent 13. hot 14. hotly

Answers to Exercise 5:
1. briefly 2. happy 3. attentively 4. sleepy 5. sleepily 6. quickly 7. dark 8. excited 9. immediately 10. sweet 11. eagerly

Answers to Exercise 6:
1. The train travels faster than the bus. 2. In the morning, the sun shone more brightly than in the afternoon. 3. The footpath runs straighter than the road. 4. Joe sings worse than Rick. 5. I got up earlier than you did. 6. The wild deer came nearer than I had expected. 7. Her son plays the violin better than her daughter does. 8. Captain Cook sailed farther than Columbus did. 9. You are later than the others. 10. The stream flows more swiftly than the river. 11. She studies harder than her classmates. 12. The project was completed more successfully than we had anticipated.

Answers to Exercise 7:
1. As the evening wore on, we spoke less and less animatedly. 2. The spectators cheered more and more loudly. 3. The chirping of the crickets disturbed us less and less. 4. As he grew older, he walked farther and farther. 5. The new shuttle service functioned more and more reliably. 6. The sun shone less and less intensely. 7. As I became tired, I wrote more and more slowly. 8. The boy learned to read better and better.

Answers to Exercise 8:
1. She understood the lesson the most readily of all the pupils in the class. 2. This kite flies the worst of all the kites I have ever made. 3. That train leaves the earliest of all the trains departing from this station. 4. Last night it snowed the hardest of any night in the year. 5. The potato field produces the least of all the fields on the farm. 6. This highway runs the straightest of all the highways in the country. 7. She speaks the most quietly of all the people I know. 8. The bass sings the lowest of all the singers. 9. Eagles fly the highest of all the birds which live in the mountains. 10. She prepares meals the best of all the students in the class. 11. They regard his proposal the most favorably of all the proposals they have received. 12. Bill ran the farthest of all the boys. 13. His arrow came the nearest to the center of the target. 14. This bus travels the most slowly of all the buses.

Answers to Exercise 9:
1. fastest 2. vividly 3. more enthusiastically 4. most diligently 5. less 6. more convincingly 7. intelligibly 8. better 9. most impressively 10. more 11. widely 12. more thoroughly 13. best 14. rapidly 15. more neatly 16. farther

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