[quote="MikeNewYork"]Originally Posted by pdh0224
A adjective functions as a noun(the poor, the rich) and an adverb ('Now' I mentioned) functions as a noun. Why do not a noun function as a adverb?
Don't you think so? But I agree with you about it is difficult that a dictionary hold 'mile' as an adverb, because it is difficult to use it as a pronoun when it comes to the character of its meaning and generality.
You mentioned the parts of speech model work on function more than meaning. Yes it is make sense, but is function seperated with meaning?
Which is the first? Could you show me something speaks for your words?
I believe it is like which the first of an eggs and a chicken is. But I am with meaning. I think Function can be existed by using a meaning. A application of meaning is just function. Function is just a vehicle transporting a meaning like a syntax or a sentence structure.
I believe the point of the subject 'miles' we talk about is a characteristic of the meaning. That is, 'miles' can be a noun telling us an objective information of 'walk', and it also show us adverbial information. Both of them is acceptable, I conclude. :)