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    adj vs adv

    please read the sentences below:
    He answer the question somewhat hastily.
    Is it correct?
    or Would it be?:
    He answer the question somewhat hasty.
    thanks

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    Re: adj vs adv

    Hi hitinvo

    He answered the question somewhat hastily.

    Hastily is the adverb, correctly modifying "answered." How did he answer? Hastily. "Somewhat" is an adverb that is modifying "hastily." How did he answer? Somewhat hastily.

    Would it be?:
    He answer the question somewhat hasty.
    No, because "hasty" is an adjective and would modify a noun. You could say his response was hasty.
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    Re: adj vs adv

    so it means that adj can't not come after adv?
    how about this sentence?
    The subversion carried on underground (on is adverb, underground is adj)
    please help!
    Last edited by hitinvo; 25-Jun-2010 at 00:03.

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    Re: adj vs adv

    ? please help

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    Re: adj vs adv

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    so it means that adj can't not come after adv?
    how about this sentence?
    The subversion carried on underground (on is adverb, underground is adj)
    please help!
    I think "on" here is not an adverb, it goes with the verb "carry" to make the phrasal verb "carry on" ("on" here must be a preposition). The "underground" is also an adjective but in your sentence, it must be an adverb. It modifies the phrasal verb "carry on".
    Try looking up "underground" for more details.
    Thank you!

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    Re: adj vs adv

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    ? please help
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Hitinvo.

    (1) I agree with crazYgeek.

    (2) "carry on" = to continue.

    (a) "carry" (verb) + on (adverb particle) = phrasal verb.

    (3) "underground" in this sentence is an adverb.

    *****

    (a) That building has an underground parking garage. (adjective)

    (b) During the war, she worked with the underground. (noun)

    ***** Thank you for the question *****

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    Re: adj vs adv

    so we can't put adj after adv, can we?

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    Re: adj vs adv

    so we can't put adj after adv, can we
    Yes, we can put an adverb before an adjective.

    The shirt is colorful. The shirt is really colorful.
    It was a beautiful sunset. It was a truly beautiful sunset.

    Adverbs can modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.
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