Vacuum Salesman

L417 Exercise 1


Recognizing Adverbs and Adverb Phrases

The sentences in this exercise have been adapted from The Cyber-Space Vacuum Cleaner Museum. Can you find all the adverbs and adverb phrases in the sentences?

Be careful: In this exercise you have to type your answers. Pay close attention to spelling and spacing!

The number of blanks after each sentence indicates the number of adverbs or adverb phrases found in that sentence. Type the adverbs or adverb phrases from the sentence in the blanks after the sentence.

If you need help, you can click on the [?] button to get a clue or click on the "Hint" button at the bottom of the page to get a free letter in a blank. Note: You will lose points if you ask for clues or hints.

When you are done, click on the "Check" button to check your answers.

1. Today vacuum cleaners may be found in nearly every household.
2 adverbs: and

2. Not long ago people had to clean their homes with brushes and cloths.
2 adverb phrases: and

3. The annual ritual of “spring cleaning” involves moving furniture aside, taking rugs outside and cleaning houses from top to bottom.
2 adverbs: and 1 adverb phrase:

4. Vacuum cleaners have been around since the mid-1800s.
1 adverb: 1 adverb phrase:

5. A Chicago inventor developed the first American hand-pumped vacuum cleaner in 1865.
1 adverb phrase:

6. A hand-pumped vacuum cleaner was operated manually.
1 adverb:

7. An obsession with disinfecting the home developed in the U.S. around the turn of the century.
2 adverb phrases: and

8. Coincidentally, the indoor flushing toilet appeared around the same time.
1 adverb: 1 adverb phrase:

9. Vacuum cleaners that were powered electrically appeared at the beginning of the 20th century.
1 adverb: 1 adverb phrase:

10. Household dirt is mostly dead human skin cells.
1 adverb: