In this post, let’s learn about two common mistakes with adverbs, so that we don’t make them 😊

Common Mistake #1

(If needed, please review: What is an adjective?  |  What is an Adverb?)

  • When you describe a noun => use an adjective.
  • When you don’t describe a noun => use an adverb.


CORRECT: Sally is a polite girl.
INCORRECT: Sally speaks polite.
CORRECT: Sally speaks politely.

CORRECT: Your writing is so nice.
INCORRECT: You write so nice.
CORRECT: You write so nicely.

CORRECT: They are good tennis players.
INCORRECT: They play tennis good.
CORRECT: They play tennis well.

Common Mistake #2

Using “Only” Incorrectly How you use “only” can completely change the meaning of a sentence!

For example:

Only I hate cheese. => I’m the only person who hates cheese. Everybody else loves cheese.

only hate cheese. => I don’t do anything else. The only thing I do is to hate cheese.

I hate only cheese. => The only thing I hate is cheese. There is nothing else that I hate.

We will learn about more common mistakes in our next blog post! 😃

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