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Identify Adverbs in a Sentence 3

In this worksheet, students practise identifying adverbs in longer passages.

'Identify Adverbs in a Sentence 3' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Adverbs, Adverbials & Modal Verbs

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

In this worksheet you need to find all the adverbs in a section of text.

 

Remember that not all adverbs end in the letters -ly. A good test to see whether a word is an adverb or not is to ask the question 'How?'.

For example:

 

Ben ran his race quickly.

How did Ben run his race?   Answer: quickly. So 'quickly' is an adverb.

The text below contains four adverbs. Tick the boxes containing the adverbs.

 

Tommy ran breathlessly along the shadowy lane. His heart was beating wildly and he was panting hard. Behind him the school bully was gaining ground steadily.

shadowy

breathlessly

panting

hard

steadily

bully

wildly

gaining

This time there are three adverbs to find.

 

Holly waited nervously for her piano exam. She had been practising hard for weeks and she knew that she played well, but that didn't stop her from worrying.

waited

nervously

stop

well

piano

hard

weeks

worrying

Tick the four adverbs in the following passage.

 

The sun shone down brilliantly over the parched land. The earth had been baked hard and the crops were withering. The wells were dry and water dripped slowly from the pump in the yard. The old dog panted lazily in the shade of the hut.

parched

brilliantly

hard

withering

dry

shade

lazily

slowly

Tick the four adverbs in the following passage.

 

The thief crept softly into the room and looked around. Everything was quiet. He slid open the drawer noiselessly, picked up the necklace gently in his gloved finger and silently tiptoed out again.

quiet

gloved

noiselessly

tiptoed

softly

gently

slid

silently

Tick the five adverbs in the following passage.

 

Mr Jones glared angrily around the room.

"Joseph Martin, out here now!" he bellowed.

Joe stood up and walked slowly towards the front of the class. He held his hand out and shut his eyes tightly. Mr Jones raised his cane and the class held their breath silently as it was brought down violently.

Joe didn't cry.

tightly

bellowed

slowly

breath

angrily

violently

glared

silently

In this passage there are six words ending in -ly but only four of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

"You silly dog," said Katie lovingly to Jimmy, her puppy. "Don't chew my homework or I'll be in trouble."

Jimmy wagged his tail wildly and licked Katie. She patted his curly fur and gently scratched his ear.

"Come on then," she said. "Let's go for a walk. I can do my homework later."

Jimmy jumped up and down excitedly and they headed off together.

silly

lovingly

wildly

curly

gently

excitedly

This time there are five words ending in -ly but only three of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

James passed the ball skilfully to Peter, who looked up quickly and headed the ball on to Molly. Molly tried to shoot but before she could take aim she was fouled by the goalkeeper and ended up lying in the mud.

"Foul!" roared the spectators angrily. Molly stood up and rubbed her leg. There was already an ugly bruise developing on her knee.

skilfully

quickly

Molly

angrily

ugly

This time there are five words ending in -ly and three of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

It was a lovely, sunny day. The sky was deep blue and woolly clouds drifted slowly across the sun, casting shadows on the hillside. The sheep munched contentedly at the grass while Jess, the farmer's black and white collie, watched them suspiciously. She never did trust sheep.

lovely

woolly

slowly

contentedly

suspiciously

This time you need to count how many adverbs there are in the passage. Tick the correct box.

 

It was a chilly day in November. Grey rain fell silently onto the grey streets and grey-looking people hurried along, anxiously looking at the sky. Jamie peered miserably out of the window. It seemed like the whole world had turned grey. He sighed deeply.

4

5

6

How many adverbs are there in this passage? Tick the correct box.

 

"Congratulations! You played well!" smiled Dad.

Kerry beamed happily. She had tried hard all the match and was proud to be on the winning team. She stroked her medal lovingly.

"I think we should celebrate the victory," she said. "Can we go for a pizza?"

3

4

5

  • Question 1

The text below contains four adverbs. Tick the boxes containing the adverbs.

 

Tommy ran breathlessly along the shadowy lane. His heart was beating wildly and he was panting hard. Behind him the school bully was gaining ground steadily.

CORRECT ANSWER
breathlessly
hard
steadily
wildly
  • Question 2

This time there are three adverbs to find.

 

Holly waited nervously for her piano exam. She had been practising hard for weeks and she knew that she played well, but that didn't stop her from worrying.

CORRECT ANSWER
nervously
well
hard
  • Question 3

Tick the four adverbs in the following passage.

 

The sun shone down brilliantly over the parched land. The earth had been baked hard and the crops were withering. The wells were dry and water dripped slowly from the pump in the yard. The old dog panted lazily in the shade of the hut.

CORRECT ANSWER
brilliantly
hard
lazily
slowly
  • Question 4

Tick the four adverbs in the following passage.

 

The thief crept softly into the room and looked around. Everything was quiet. He slid open the drawer noiselessly, picked up the necklace gently in his gloved finger and silently tiptoed out again.

CORRECT ANSWER
noiselessly
softly
gently
silently
  • Question 5

Tick the five adverbs in the following passage.

 

Mr Jones glared angrily around the room.

"Joseph Martin, out here now!" he bellowed.

Joe stood up and walked slowly towards the front of the class. He held his hand out and shut his eyes tightly. Mr Jones raised his cane and the class held their breath silently as it was brought down violently.

Joe didn't cry.

CORRECT ANSWER
tightly
slowly
angrily
violently
silently
  • Question 6

In this passage there are six words ending in -ly but only four of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

"You silly dog," said Katie lovingly to Jimmy, her puppy. "Don't chew my homework or I'll be in trouble."

Jimmy wagged his tail wildly and licked Katie. She patted his curly fur and gently scratched his ear.

"Come on then," she said. "Let's go for a walk. I can do my homework later."

Jimmy jumped up and down excitedly and they headed off together.

CORRECT ANSWER
lovingly
wildly
gently
excitedly
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'silly\' is describing Jimmy and \'curly\' is describing his fur, so they are adjectives not adverbs.
  • Question 7

This time there are five words ending in -ly but only three of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

James passed the ball skilfully to Peter, who looked up quickly and headed the ball on to Molly. Molly tried to shoot but before she could take aim she was fouled by the goalkeeper and ended up lying in the mud.

"Foul!" roared the spectators angrily. Molly stood up and rubbed her leg. There was already an ugly bruise developing on her knee.

CORRECT ANSWER
skilfully
quickly
angrily
EDDIE SAYS
Molly is a name, so it is a proper noun. The word \'ugly\' describes the bruise so it is an adjective.
  • Question 8

This time there are five words ending in -ly and three of them are adverbs. Tick the adverbs.

 

It was a lovely, sunny day. The sky was deep blue and woolly clouds drifted slowly across the sun, casting shadows on the hillside. The sheep munched contentedly at the grass while Jess, the farmer's black and white collie, watched them suspiciously. She never did trust sheep.

CORRECT ANSWER
slowly
contentedly
suspiciously
EDDIE SAYS
\'Lovely\' describes the day and \'woolly\' describes the clouds, so they are adjectives, not adverbs.
  • Question 9

This time you need to count how many adverbs there are in the passage. Tick the correct box.

 

It was a chilly day in November. Grey rain fell silently onto the grey streets and grey-looking people hurried along, anxiously looking at the sky. Jamie peered miserably out of the window. It seemed like the whole world had turned grey. He sighed deeply.

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
The adverbs are silently, anxiously, miserably and deeply.
  • Question 10

How many adverbs are there in this passage? Tick the correct box.

 

"Congratulations! You played well!" smiled Dad.

Kerry beamed happily. She had tried hard all the match and was proud to be on the winning team. She stroked her medal lovingly.

"I think we should celebrate the victory," she said. "Can we go for a pizza?"

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
The adverbs are well, happily, hard and lovingly.
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