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    Is this an adverb?

    1. The dog runs quickly.
    2. The dog runs fast.

    In the first sentence, quickly is the adverb, but in the second sentence, is fast also an adverb?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by leke View Post
    1. The dog runs quickly.
    2. The dog runs fast.

    In the first sentence, quickly is the adverb, but in the second sentence, is fast also an adverb?

    Thanks.

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    Leke,


    (1) You have asked a great question.

    (2) It seems that in English, the part of speech often depends on

    how it is used in a particular sentence.

    How does the dog run? It runs fast.

    Therefore, it is an adverb that modifies the verb.

    What kind of dog is it? It is a fast dog.

    Therefore, it is an adjective that modifies the noun.

    I eat too fast. (adverb)

    Do you like fast food? (adjective)

    (3) More examples:

    Martha works hard. / Martha's science class is hard. / Martha has a

    hard science class. (The first "hard" is an adverb, and the others are

    adjectives.)

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    Strictly speaking, the dog doesn't run fast, it runs quickly. It is, however, a fast dog.

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    I feel sure it's also an adverb as Parser suggests:

    fast, adv. : Oxford English Dictionary

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I feel sure it's also an adverb as Parser suggests:

    fast, adv. : Oxford English Dictionary
    Yes, it is listed as an adverb.

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Strictly speaking, the dog doesn't run fast, it runs quickly. It is, however, a fast dog.
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    (1) The moderator is, indeed, correct that the two words are not always

    interchangeable.

    (2) I suddently remembered the following:

    I ran quickly. = correct.

    I ran fast. = correct.

    I quickly ran. = correct.

    I fast ran. = BAD!!!

    (3) Descriptive English Grammar by Professors House and Harman

    states:

    Several of the flat adverbs [those adverbs that do NOT end in -ly]

    do not immediately proceed the verbs they quality [modify].

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    #7

    Re: Is this an adverb?

    There are times when one of these two words is more appropriate than the other, for example: You are driving too fast quickly. However, in some situations it appears to be a matter of personal choice. bhaisahab feels that a dog runs quickly; the OALD gives as an example, How fast can a cheetah run? I would use fast of a dog running, but I don't believe that quickly is wrong here.

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    Re: Is this an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    the OALD gives as an example, [I]How fast can a cheetah run?
    But I might use quickly to differentiate general ability with a specific occasion- How quickly do you reckon that cheetah could run here? = How long will it take

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