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
“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.
“Does anyone have a hammer?” asked
“I hope you like the gift I brought,”
said Tom p__________.
“This poison ivy is making me itch!”
exclaimed Tom r__________.
“I got first prize,” reported Tom
“I wish I had written down the things
I need at the store,” said Tom l________.