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  1. Newbie
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    Post Adverb or Adjective?

    I'm conflicted about recognizing Adverb and Adjectives in the following sentences:

    The train went quite fast. >>>> fast is adverb
    Sarah is feeling quite tired >>> tired is adjective.

    Why tired is adjective? why it is not an adverb?
    Why fast is not an adjective?

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    Re: Adverb or Adjective?

    In the first, "fast" describes how the train was MOVING. Moving is a verb, so you use an adverb to describe it.

    In the second, "tired" describes SARAH. Sarah is a person, a noun. Adjectives describe nouns.

    There are some verbs (is, feels, smells, looks, seems) that describe the thing/person, so you use an adjective.
    I feel good.
    It smells delicous.
    You look beautiful
    She seems tired.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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