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    Is a number an adverb?

    In the sentence: I just saw an 830 pound gorilla. Is 830 an adverb that describes the adjective pound? Sorry - I am not real smart at these parts of speech. Thank you for your help.

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    As far as I know numbers are adjectives,because they tell you how many.And in your sentence pound is in singular because it is an adjective and adjectives are always in singular.

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    Re: Is a number an adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    In the sentence: I just saw an 830 pound gorilla. Is 830 an adverb that describes the adjective pound? Sorry - I am not real smart at these parts of speech. Thank you for your help.
    Numbers are nouns and adjectives, never adverbs. (Adverbs modify verbs.)

    When we combine two adjectives (830 and pound) to create a new adjective, we usually hyphenate them: "an 830-pound gorilla."

    This makes clear that it's not an 830 gorilla or a pound gorilla, which would make no sense.

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