Adverbs in CAE and CPE Use of English Part One

Choose one of the sets of four adverbs below and try to write a sentence with a gap that can only be filled with one of the four adverbs (because of grammar, collocations, meaning, etc). For example, you could write the question “It is __________ sought after” for the options “perfectly/ highly/ effectively/ honestly”, because only one of those four goes in that gap. Then test other groups with your question. You get one point for each student who gets it wrong, so try to make your question a tricky one. However, you lose all those points plus one more point if the other students spot that more than one answer is right or none of the answers is right in your sentence. You get an extra point if someone challenges your question but actually it’s okay.

CPE

deservingly

admittedly

conceivably

assuredly

 

correspondingly

similarly

accordingly

appropriately

 

perfectly

completely

reasonably

competently

 

potentially

plausibly

predictably

prospectively

 

permanently

uniformly

perpetually

invariably

 

CAE

correctly

exactly

thoroughly

perfectly

 

really

carefully

definitely

precisely

 

exactly

absolutely

completely

totally

 

only

fairly

hardly

nearly

 

fully

truly

honestly

purely

 

highly

radically

extremely

severely

 

truly

validly

correctly

effectively

 

considerably

highly

vastly

supremely

 

correctly

exactly

thoroughly

perfectly

 

really

carefully

definitely

precisely

Ask about any above which you don’t understand the differences between.

Make similar questions from any four of the adverbs below. For example, you could choose one adverb, write a gapped sentence for it, then choose three others which are similar but can’t go in that gap (for reasons of meaning, collocations, grammar, etc). You can use the ones with “x 2/ 3” next to more than once (as they are more common in real exam tasks).

absolutely

accordingly

admittedly

appropriately

assuredly

carefully x 2

competently

completely x 2

conceivably

considerably

correctly x 3

correspondingly

definitely x 2

deservingly

effectively

exactly x 3

extremely

fairly

fully

hardly

highly x 2

honestly

invariably

nearly

only

perfectly x 3

permanently

perpetually

plausibly

potentially

precisely x 2

predictably

prospectively

purely

radically

really x 2

reasonably

severely

similarly

supremely

thoroughly x 2

totally

truly x 2

uniformly

validly

vastly

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