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Tom Swifties
Q A Tom Swifty is a sentence ending in an adverb that both tells how or when Tom said something and applies to the meaning of his statement. Here’s an example:
“Don’t sit in the back of the boat,” said Tom sternly.
Sternly describes Tom’s tone of voice. In addition, stern is another word for “back of the boat.” So sternly is a particularly appropriate word for ending the sentence. Make a Tom Swifty out of each of the following sentences. The first letter of each adverb appears as a hint.
  1. “Does anyone have a hammer?” asked Tom s_________.
  2. “I hope you like the gift I brought,” said Tom p__________.
  3. “This poison ivy is making me itch!” exclaimed Tom r__________.
  4. “I got first prize,” reported Tom w__________.
  5. “I wish I had written down the things I need at the store,” said Tom l________.
  1. strikingly
  2. presently
  3. rashly
  4. winningly
  5. listlessly