How to Use Adverbs on the IELTS Writing Exam

By | October 27, 2013

Are you confused about how to use words like ‘dramatically’ and ‘frequently’ on the IELTS Writing exam? You can practice using adverbs for your IELTS exam, in this lesson about adverbs.

Adverbs tell about the verb in a sentence. Adverbs answer questions like:

  • how
  • how much
  • how often
  • where
  • when

Most of the time, we write adverbs after the verb. However, we can write some adverbs before OR after the verb. And other adverbs come before the verb only.

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Here are some examples of adverbs in sentences:

  • HOW

Mary smiled brightly for the underwater camera.

I brushed my baby’s hair carefully.

  • HOW MUCH

Parents love their children intensely.

I strongly believe that all children should learn a foreign language.

  • HOW OFTEN

I frequently have coffee after dinner.

People rarely go to the beach in winter.

  • WHERE

My little girl loves to jump on her bed.

The cat is hiding under the table.

  • WHEN

The film will begin soon.

I will take my exam tomorrow.

ACTIVITY

For the IELTS writing exam, use the ten adverbs below to get a higher score in grammar and vocabulary (lexical resource).

To practice using these adverbs, put each adverb in its proper place in the sentence. ANSWERS ARE BELOW.

  1. We must reduce the amount of plastic we use. (greatly)
  2. We should use paper products. (instead)
  3. Computer sales increased in June. (slightly)
  4. Most people have goals, but they forget to take action to achieve their goals. (often)
  5. It is important to drive, even if we are alone on the road. (safely)
  6. The population of Newark increased. (dramatically)
  7. We must consider the impact of smoking on young children. (carefully)
  8. Governments can create programs to teach safe driving. (easily)
  9. People can achieve results when they work together. (quickly)
  10. Villages will rely on wind and solar power, instead of kerosene. (soon, increasingly)

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ANSWERS

  1. We must greatly reduce the amount of plastic we use.
  2. We should use paper products instead. / Instead, we should use paper products.
  3. Computer sales increased slightly in June.
  4. Most people have goals, but they often forget to take action to achieve their goals.
  5. It is important to drive safely, even if we are alone on the road.
  6. The population of Newark increased dramatically in 2015.
  7. We must carefully consider the impact of smoking on young children.
  8. Governments can easily create programs to teach safe driving.
  9. People can achieve results quickly when they work together.
  10. Soon, villages will increasingly rely on wind and solar power, instead of kerosene.

Get more practice using adverbs on the IELTS Writing Task 1: 

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