March 30, 2016
The word "slow" is the oppposite of "fast." Use this adjective to describe movement, time, and progress. The adverb form of this word is "slowly."
- A turtle is slow.
- A turtle moves slowly.
- I got behind a slow truck.
- The truck was moving slowly.
- It has been a slow day.
- The meeting was agonizingly slow.
- The speaker spoke slowly in order to avoid making mistakes.
- Slow and steady wins the race. (This is a proverb. It means that if you take your time and don’t try to go to quickly, you will succeed.)
A turtle moves slowly.
This word can also be used as a verb, usually with the preposition "down."
- Slow down.
- The car slowed down and came to a stop.
- When the economy slows down, that means there might be a recession.
- Production at the factory has been slowing down lately.
The comparative form of this adjective is made by adding "er" to "slow."
- Tom is slower than his brother.
- This car is slower than the other car we drove.
- An old computer is much slower than a new computer.
The comparative form of the adverb is made by adding "more" to "slowly." However, you will also hear "slower" used as an adverb–which is okay.
- Toms runs more slowly than his brother. He runs slower.
- This car goes more slowly than the other car we drove. This car goes slower.
- An old computer operates more slowly than a new computer. An old computer processes information slower than a new one.
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