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    #1

    adverb as noun & adjective??

    Sometimes, it is quite confusing because an adverb can also be used as a noun and an adjective.

    As the examples below show:
    1. For a holiday abroad you need a valid passport. (adjective)
    2. We prefer imports of cheap food from abroad. (noun)

    Are they the extended uses of adverbs?
    Thank you.

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    Re: adverb as noun & adjective??

    1. For a holiday abroad you need a valid passport. (adjective)
    Since we don't say: *an abroad holiday and you might ask the question 'A holiday where? Abroad! and you could replace 'abroad' with 'in China' I would call 'abroad' here an adverb.

    2. We prefer imports of cheap food (which come) from abroad/Africa/China. (noun) But it's in the prepositional adverbial 'from abroad'

    You are right: just because we call a word a verb or a noun or whatever, that is no guarantee that it will have that function in every sentence. But you know that well from Chinese!!

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    Re: adverb as noun & adjective??

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    You are right: just because we call a word a verb or a noun or whatever, that is no guarantee that it will have that function in every sentence. But you know that well from Chinese!!
    yeah... Tell me about it. I agree with you.

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