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    Why is this not correct?

    I took a quiz and one of the questions is
    I'm pretty tired right now, I'm going home!
    here Pretty is:
    A. an adjective
    B. an adverb

    My answer is B.
    But the answer given by www.usingenglish.com is A.

    I'm wondering why?

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    It is correct as it's modifying an adjective.
    Last edited by Tdol; 02-Dec-2006 at 04:45.

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    I took a quiz and one of the questions is
    I'm pretty tired right now, I'm going home!
    here Pretty is:
    A. an adjective
    B. an adverb

    My answer is B.
    But the answer given by www.usingenglish.com is A.

    I'm wondering why?
    Hi
    Tdol is right. Replace "pretty" with "very" and you`ll have an adjective in the superlative :pretty tired/ very tired.

    Some Italian food was prettily presented at the party.[ prettily- adverb]


    Regards,
    Last edited by Teia; 02-Dec-2006 at 07:24. Reason: adding an example


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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Hi,
    Yes, Johnny, it does feel like an adverb and my A.S.Hornby Oxford dictionary says it really is an adverb.
    Regards

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    Post Re: Why is this not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny View Post
    I took a quiz and one of the questions is
    I'm pretty tired right now, I'm going home!
    here Pretty is:
    A. an adjective
    B. an adverb

    My answer is B.
    But the answer given by www.usingenglish.com is A.

    I'm wondering why?
    The problem is that tired is not a verb in that sentence. Instead, it is a predicate adjective. The verb in that sentence is am. You could say it thusly: "Tired is what I am." Clearly, in that sentece tired is not a verb.

    ~R


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    #6

    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Sure enough, pretty modifies tired

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It is correct as it's modifying an adjective.
    But aren't adjectives modified by adverbs?

    extremely tired
    slightly tired
    unbelieveably tired
    oddly tired
    really tired

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi
    Tdol is right. Replace "pretty" with "very" and you`ll have an adjective in the superlative :pretty tired/ very tired.
    That's not a superlative; the superlative would be "most tired".

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    But aren't adjectives modified by adverbs?

    extremely tired
    slightly tired
    unbelieveably tired
    oddly tired
    really tired
    Yes, but that what the answer is.

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    Re: Why is this not correct?

    Oh. You mean: The quiz does accept "adverb" as the correct answer?

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