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    Adverb or adjective

    This came up on a test today. Have you been late to class? What part of speech is late in this setence and why. it looks like an adverb but it follows the verb to be. Confused.

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    Re: Adverb or adjective

    What word does "late" modify?



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    Re: Adverb or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    What word does "late" modify?

    Nothing. No nada zip. It complements the subject. Modify and complement; chalk and cheese.


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    Re: Adverb or adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Nevsky View Post
    This came up on a test today. Have you been late to class? What part of speech is late in this setence and why. it looks like an adverb but it follows the verb to be. Confused.
    (predicate) adjective

    Compare these:

    1. He is away.
    2. He is late.

    EDIT:
    In #1, the adverbial associates an attribute of location with the subject. He is there.
    In #2, 'late' describes 'he' as someone who is coming after the proper time.
    Last edited by Kondorosi; 20-Jan-2010 at 06:56.

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