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    Red face Adjectives or Adverbs


    I have got a question regarding the correct usage of adjectives/adverbs.

    I was told that there is a rule that with "be" there is only the adjective
    possible (e.g. be careful). Can this rule be extended to other verbs / aspects?

    There are for instance the following two different ways possible:

    ".. the moon was shining bright as day .."
    ".. the moon shines brightly .. "

    Are both versions possible? Is there any rule to that?

    Thanks for help.

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    Re: Adjectives or Adverbs

    The rule is for when 'be' is a linking verb, not when it is an auxiliary verb. Here the main verb is 'shining'. In this particular case, you will see the adjective used by some speakers, though grammar purists would favour the adverb.

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    Re: Adjectives or Adverbs

    Ho, dinilein,
    The issue does have some pitfalls.
    Of f course, nouns are defined by adjectives and verbs by adverbs, but there are quite a few cases when adverbs have the same form as adjectives: late, close, right, straight etc.
    Besides adverbs are shortened in some collocations or informal speech:
    hold me tight
    go slow
    real nice

    I am not sure your 1st sentence is OK. Bright may still refer to the noun -moon.

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