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    Unhappy Confusing on adverb and adjective

    I have 2 question after I finished the test which in this website.
    Here are 2 sentences:
    1.He drives (fast).
    2.That car looks (fast).
    question: What is the part of speech of fast in that two sentences.

    The first one is the question what I did in the test of this website, and the answer is adverb.

    The secod one is a example of the glossary section-adjective. The vocabulary FAST in that sentnece was modifitied by adjective.

    Why these sentences are quite similiar, but the answer is diffierent?

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    Default Re: Confusing on adverb and adjective

    You're right Davidkira. The first 'fast' is an adverb and the second one is an adjective.
    You're also right when you say that the two sentences 'are quite similar'. They both have a structure of: Subject+verb+fast. Now, the confusion comes from the verb look as it is used in this example. Look here is not a synonym of see.
    That car looks fast= when people look at that car they think that it is fast= That car seems fast.
    So, fast in the first example is an adverb because it describes the action. It is his way of driving that is fast, not him.
    fast in the second example descibes the car, not the verb. That's why it is not an adverb. And we call it an adjective.
    Hope that helps.

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    Default Re: Confusing on adverb and adjective

    "He drives fast" is strictly always wrong.
    In formal English "fast" is an adjective: it can only be used to qualify a noun.
    He can be a fast driver, but a fast driver can only drive quickly or swiftly or speedily.
    "fast" used as an adverb has become acceptable in everday speech, but should always be avoided in formal writing.

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