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    Adverb or Adjective

    In this sentence, a friend is just a text message away, what part of speech is away. We thought it was an adverb, but someone suggested it was an adjective. Could you explain this.

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    What word does "away" modify in that sentence?



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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    I am not sure what word away modifies. I am confused.

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    A friend is ____________________ away.


    If it doesn't modify "is" it's an adjective.



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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    If it doesn't modify "is" it's an adjective.


    It's an adjective anyway.
    Whenever an adjective belongs to is (or any form of be), it's an adjective.

    He is nice.
    A friend is away.
    Have you been late to class?

    They are all adjectives.

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    How about here, Night?

    1. I'm off. (i.e. I'm going away)

    How about here, Jennifer?

    2. It's a text away.
    3. It's a mile away.

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    In this sentence, a friend is just a text message away, what part of speech is away. We thought it was an adverb, but someone suggested it was an adjective. Could you explain this.
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I, too, am very confused. Take the sentence: The place is six miles away. Some of my grammar books and dictionaries say it is an adjective; the others list it as an adverb.

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    Yes, Nightmare85, you are right, but I was trying to get Jen to figure it out.

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    How about here, Night?

    1. I'm off. (i.e. I'm going away)
    I would say:
    I'm off -> off = adjective
    I'm on -> on = adjective
    I'm away -> away = adjective

    I'm going away -> going away = adjective (although I'm not 100% sure if away is an adverb which describes going, but I believe it's an adjective.)

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    Okay, thanks and sorry

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective

    But then:

    1. It's a good dog. What is the dog? Good.
    2. ??? It's a text away. What is the text? Away.

    Cf.

    3. It's a good dog. (It's a dog.)
    4. It's a heartbeat away. (??? It's a heartbeat.)
    5. It's a text away. (??? It's a text.)

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