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    adverbs or determiners?

    Hello everyone,

    Would you please tell me if the following words are considered adverbs or determiners?

    ex: a) We have enough bread. b) We have little bread left.
    c) She doesn't eat much. d) She eats a little.
    e) We haven't got a lot of / much bread left.
    f) He drinks a lot / too much.

    Would you say that if the word expressing quantity precedes a noun it is a determiner (= quantifier), and when it precedes or modifies a verb it is an adverb?

    Can we say:
    g) She eats a lot of / much / a little fish.
    h) She eats fish much / a lot / a little.

    Here, are they adverbs or determiners?

    Thanks


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    Re: adverbs or determiners?

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Would you please tell me if the following words are considered adverbs or determiners?

    ex: a) We have enough bread. b) We have little bread left. adjectives describe the following nouns
    c) She doesn't eat much. d) She eats a little. adverbs describe verbs
    e) We haven't got a lot of / much bread left. "lot" is a noun which is postmodified by a prep phrase (of bread left) and premodified by a determiner (a)
    f) He drinks a lot / too much. nouns

    Would you say that if the word expressing quantity precedes a noun it is a determiner (= quantifier) Normally, yes, and when it precedes or modifies a verb it is an adverb? If and only it modifies a verb: adverb

    Can we say:
    g) She eats a lot of / much / a little fish. determiners
    h) She eats fish much / a lot / a little.

    Here, are they adverbs or determiners?

    Thanks

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    Smile Re: adverbs or determiners?

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Can we say:
    g) She eats a lot of / much / a little fish. all fine
    h) She eats fish much / a lot / a little . (a lot as an adverb means 'very often'; whereas a little means 'very rarely')

    Here, are they adverbs or determiners?

    Thanks

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