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    hello,
    i am writing to ask what is a adverb and what is a adjective please tell me


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    Re: adverbs & adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by student12 View Post
    hello,
    i am writing to ask what is a adverb and what is a adjective please tell me
    I am going to describe the difference in broad brush strokes:
    Adjectives describe or qualify nouns while adverbs do so with verbs, adverbs and adjectives.

    I ate a red apple. I like it very much.

    red = ?
    very = ?
    much = ?

    IYO?

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    Re: adverbs & adjectives

    Adjectives are usually pretty obvious.

    The little girl in the yellow dress ate a red apple on the city bus.

    Adjectives offer a description, answer the question "what kind of?"

    Adverbs are often obvious too:
    The boy went slowly and unwillingly to school.

    These adverbs answer the questions how, when, why, where.

    There's another kind of adverbs. They're the words that describe adjectives.

    I'm very happy to see you.
    She's too old to go waterskiing.
    His behaviour was extremely ignorant.

    Or an adverb can desribe another adverb:
    The bear ran very fast.
    Don't eat too much.

    But always keep in mind that English words are more flexible than words in other European languages. One word can fit into many categories:

    I love you. (verb)
    They're in love. (noun)
    She had a love child. (adjective)

    This sort of flexibility is extremely important in English.

    For example, I said above that adjectives are "pretty" obvious. Pretty looks like an adjective, but here it's an adverb, describing obvious, which is an adjective.

    And I said "city bus." City looks like a noun, and it usually is a noun, but here it's an adjective, telling you what kind of bus.

    English is different. That's one of the reasons you'll love English.

    regards
    edward



    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    I am going to describe the difference in broad brush strokes:
    Adjectives describe or qualify nouns while adverbs do so with verbs, adverbs and adjectives.

    red = ?
    very = ?
    much = ?

    IYO?

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