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    Default adverb or adjective ?

    Excuse me for asking for help.

    "The people in the South of Great Britain speak better English than people in the North."

    "better" is adv or adj ?

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    Default Re: adverb or adjective ?

    Adjective- it modifies 'English'; the adverb would be in a different position:

    The people in the South of Great Britain speak English better than people in the North.

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    Default Re: adverb or adjective ?

    Many thanks to Mr/Mrs Tdol for giving me a short but very clear explanation.

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    Default Re: adverb or adjective ?

    Welcome

    Psst. Maybe tdol is Miss or Ms?

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    Default hello Casiopea

    Hi Casiopea,

    I am very glad to know your name and heard that you and Tdol are experiened teachers.I hope that you will be willing to help me when I have problems.

    The best regards to you.

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    Default Re: hello Casiopea

    Ask away. We're here to help.

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    Default Passive or V + adj ?

    Hello,

    What is what? Passive or V + adj ?

    1.
    a).I am bored to death.
    b).I am bored with doing the same thing evry day
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    2.
    a).The long walk tired the child.
    b). The child was tired with the long walk.
    c).The child was tired of the long walk.
    d).The child was tired by the long walk.

    would you mind showing me the passive structures and the V + adj ones and the incorrect setences of mine.

    Thank you a lot for help.

    Renzheng04

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    Default Re: Passive or V + adj ?

    Only transitive verbs can be put into the passive. The verb BE (is, am, are, was, were, and so on) isn't transitive. It's a linking verb:

    Linking Verb + Adjective
    a) I am bored to death.
    b) I am bored with doing the same thing evry day

    Causative Verb: The long walk tired the child. (the walk caused the child to be tired.)
    Passive => The child was (made) tired by the long walk.

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    Default Re: Passive or V + adj ?

    Thank you very much for your help,Casiopea.

    What is the difference between tired(1) and tired(2) in the following sentences:

    1.The child was tired(1) by the long walk.
    2.The child was tired(2) of the long walk.

    I mean which is an adj and which is a past participle?

    I am looking forward to your help again.

    Renzheng04

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    Default Re: Passive or V + adj ?

    1- past participle- the walk tired her
    2- adjective- the walk bored her

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