L3 Lesson 16



Vocabulary Practice

Adjectives of Sense

How to Use Adjectives of Sense

The English language can be tricky. There are many places a word can go within a sentence, but there are also many places that specific types of words cannot go.

Choosing whether to place an adverb or an adjective after a “sense” verb—such as “feel” or “smells”—is one instance where things get tricky. Sense verbs, unsurprisingly, cover our senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.

Why is it incorrect to say “I feel happily”? “Happily” is adverb. It describes the action of feeling. Typically, though, sense verbs need a verb complement instead of an adverb. What you need is the adjective “happy,” because adjectives can serve as verb complements.

  • Her food smells amazingly.
  • Her food smells amazing.

Adverbs modify adjectives, verbs, and other adverbs, whereas adjectives modify nouns.

  • I happy ran down the hall.
  • I happily ran down the hall.

The adverb “happily” is correct here because it modifies the verb “ran,” which is not a sense verb.

And now you can happily use adjectives and adverbs correctly, knowing that sense verbs need adjectives instead of adverbs.

Describe the Pictures


Same Sound

Black Hole Spelling

Adjectives and Adverbs

Sentence Unjumble

Adjective or Adverb

Deep Space Mission


Voyager Infographic

Voyager’s Message to Aliens


What would you put on your Voyager record?


Languages from our world. They can also include languages created for books or movies.


Sounds of animals, nature, people, daily life, special events, etc.


Rock music, pop music, classical music, hip-hop, reggae, etc. Choose the music you would want to put on your record.


You can place any pictures you want – A cat, a car, many birds, children in a classroom, etc. Just remember not to put any bad pictures on your record.


On the voyager, the scientists had to tell the aliens how to play the record. How will you tell them how to play your record?

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