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    Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    Is "up" an adverb or a verb here?

    Sales of automobiles are up this year.

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    Re: Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's an adverb or, for some recent schools of grammar, a preposition.
    Thanks.
    Is it possible to use "adverbs" after a linking or to-be verbs?
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    Re: Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    Well, since the adverb "up" is used after "are" in that sentence, and the sentence is correct, what do you think the answer is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    What makes me confused most is that I 've come across with the definition of "up" in the following dictionary:

    http://learnersdictionary.com/definition/up. Up is an adjective hare in #3 definition.

    3 not used before a noun : higher than usual
    Gas prices are up again.
    The interest rate is up (by) three percent.
    Profits are up on last year. [=profits are higher than they were last year]

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    Re: Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    I'd call it an adjective, but I learned grammar a long time ago.

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    Re: Sales of automobiles are up this year.

    This dictionary has it as an adverb (my underlining added):
    What a good dictionary. I'll use it. Thanks for link mentioned.

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