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    usually a noun can not modify an adverb but can you think of an exception in English that a noun modifies an adverb?
    i'll be glad if somebody helps me

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    I don't think it's possible. Adverbs can modify nouns, but nouns cannot modify adverbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I don't think it's possible. Adverbs can modify nouns, but nouns cannot modify adverbs.
    I might be having a blank moment. Can you give an example of an adverb modifying a noun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAYSAM F View Post
    hello
    usually a noun can not modify an adverb but can you think of an exception in English that a noun modifies an adverb?
    i'll be glad if somebody helps me
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning, Maysam.

    (1) Yes, occasionally a noun can, indeed, modify an adverb.

    (2) When that happens, some books call that noun an adverbial objective.

    (3) If you google under "adverbial objective," you will probably find many articles that can help you.

    (4) I was able to find only two examples in my books:

    (a) They worked all day long.

    (i) "Day" is a noun that modifies the adverb "long." ("all" is an adjective that modifies the noun "day." )

    (ii) We should have arrived an hour sooner.

    (a) "hour" is a noun that modifies the adverb "sooner." ("an" is an

    adjective that modifies the noun "hour.")


    Have a nice day!

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    P. S. Some newer grammar books may NOT use the word "adjective" to describe the words "all" and "an."

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    I know that normally adjectives modify nouns, but there are some exceptions such as gerund (and gerund is a verbal noun).

    Running fast will help you lose weight.
    Running - gerund
    fast - adverb

    Another example:
    The room downstairs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fighting spirit View Post
    I know that normally adjectives modify nouns, but there are some exceptions such as gerund (and gerund is a verbal noun).

    Running fast will help you lose weight.
    Running - gerund
    fast - adverb

    Another example:
    The room downstairs...
    I accept the gerund, but I'd call 'downstairs' an adjective here - "the downstairs room."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Good morning, Maysam.

    (1) Yes, occasionally a noun can, indeed, modify an adverb.
    You've demonstrated that a noun phrase can modify an adverb.
    You've given "all day" as modifying 'long', and "an hour" modifying sooner.
    What about a discrete noun modifying an adverb? This seems to be what the OP is asking.
    Eg, "He was dog tired. He walked home dog tiredly."
    "The mail arrived snail slowly."

    I still can't think of a sensible example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I accept the gerund, but I'd call 'downstairs' an adjective here - "the downstairs room."
    Well, some would argue that downstairs is an adverb because it is placed after the word room and some would argue it is an adjective. There are two options.

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