Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 21 to 30 of 35
  1. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    According to the dictionary the word "asleep" is normally used as a adjective
    and can also be used as an adverb. What is an example of a sentence where it is used as a adverb?

    Hi Notmyname! Here, an example of "asleep" used as an adverb.


    The man lay asleep.


    Bye!! maeve.

  2. #22
    notmyname216 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    94
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Hi Notmyname! Here, an example of "asleep" used as an adverb:
    The man lay asleep.

    Isn't "asleep" a adjective since "lay" is a linking verb?

  3. #23
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    The man lay asleep.

    Isn't "asleep" a adjective since "lay" is a linking verb?
    I wouldn't say "lay" is a linking verb. Example:
    He laid the book on the table.

  4. #24
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    You're welcome.

    "asleep" functions as an adverb in both examples. It modifies the verb "feel" by describing how you fell, how your state of consciousness descended. Well, in fact the verb that "asleep" modifies is not "feel" but "fall". The past tense of "feel" is "felt". You mention it in the example below.


    Adverbs answers the questions, Who?, Where?, When?, How?, and Why.

    Adverb
    I fell asleep
    Test: How did I fall? => Answer: asleep

    I fell fast asleep
    Test: How did I fall? => Answer: fast asleep

    Adjective
    I am asleep.
    Test: What are you? => Answer: asleep

    I fell asleep.
    Test: *What are you fell? => Answer: asleep (* means, ungrammatical)
    But in this last sentence, can't you ask "How did you fall" >>> asleep is the answer.

    Cheers! Maeve

  5. #25
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by notmyname216
    Given these sentences:

    I was fast asleep.
    I can fall fast asleep.
    I fall fast asleep.

    In the first sentence "was" is a linking verb, "fast" is a adverb, "asleep" is a adjective.

    In the second sentence "fall" is a linking verb, "fast" is a adverb and "asleep" is a adverb.

    Why is "asleep" in the second sentence a adverb (it has exactly the same
    structure as the first sentence)?

    Is "asleep" also a adverb in the third sentence?

    A question notmyname... what do you understand for "linking" verbs? Can you please provide me with the definition you have?

    Thank you, Maeve

  6. #26
    notmyname216 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    94
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    This is my list of "linking verbs":

    "Be,act,appear,become,fall,feel,get,grow,keep,lie, look,prove,remain,run"
    "seem,smell,sound,stay,taste,turn"

    Linking verbs are either verbs of sensation or verbs of existence.

    Is my list wrong or incomplete?

  7. #27
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    You are right notmyname. To lie is a copular verb so in the sentence "The man lay asleep" >> "asleep" functions as an adjective, not as an adverb.

    Thx for teaching me that!!

  8. #28
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    41,604
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Not all of them are always copula verbs.

  9. #29
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    53
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I wouldn't say "lay" is a linking verb. Example:
    He laid the book on the table.


    Hi RonBee!! I was referring to "lie">> its past is "lay". Maeve

  10. #30
    notmyname216 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Posts
    94
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: use the word asleep as a adverb

    Originally Posted by RonBee
    I wouldn't say "lay" is a linking verb. Example:
    He laid the book on the table.
    In the above example isn't "laid" a action verb?

    Isn't "lay" a linking verb, in the example below?

    The pieces lay scattered over the floor.


    Is a "copular" verb the same as a "linking" verb?

Page 3 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. adjective or adverb
    By notmyname216 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2005, 02:43
  2. Word Checker 1 - The Dolch basic word list
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 24-May-2004, 13:26
  3. Word Checker 1 - The Dolch basic word list
    By Tdol in forum UsingEnglish.com Content
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2004, 15:30
  4. adjective or adverb
    By raelynn in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-Mar-2004, 20:55
  5. Questions about Inversions - Inverted Word Order
    By Anonymous in forum General Language Discussions
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 31-May-2003, 22:43

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk