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    Adverbs....

    I am stuck on the following question in a grammar lesson I am completing. Its proving to be really frustrating and I am desperate for someone to point out my errors! and explain why...



    Look at the following sentences and say whether the BOLD word is an adjective or an adverb.

    He often RIDES his bike into town.: Adverb, describing the verb rides

    His new bike is VERY fast.: Adverb, describing the adjective fast

    He arrived much LATER than usual.: Adjective

    He rides his bike so INCREDIBLY carelessly I am surprised he doesn't fall off.: Adverb describing another adverb

    She rides her bike with INCREDIBLE care.:Adjective

    He is GOOD.:Adverb

    He is WELL.:Adverb

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    Re: Adverbs....

    He often RIDES his bike into town.: Adverb, describing the verb rides

    His new bike is VERY fast.: Adverb, describing the adjective fast

    He arrived much LATER than usual.: Adjective Adverb
    Example: The meeting was postponed to a later date. (Adjective)

    He rides his bike so INCREDIBLY carelessly I am surprised he doesn't fall off. Adverb describing another adverb

    She rides her bike with INCREDIBLE care. Adjective

    He is GOOD.:Adverb
    Example: Listen to me good. (Adverb)

    He is WELL.:Adverb Adjective
    Example: Did you sleep well. (Adverb)

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    Re: Adverbs....

    Quote Originally Posted by Seventies View Post
    I am stuck on the following question in a grammar lesson I am completing. Its proving to be really frustrating and I am desperate for someone to point out my errors! and explain why...



    Look at the following sentences and say whether the BOLD word is an adjective or an adverb.

    He often RIDES his bike into town.: Adverb, describing the verb rides
    Neither adverb nor adjective, it is a verb. It is an action word describing how he gets to town. (I'm not sure I understand your logic - how can "rides" describe "rides"?)

    His new bike is VERY fast.: Adverb, describing the adjective fast
    Correct.

    He arrived much LATER than usual.: Adjective
    Correct.

    He rides his bike so INCREDIBLY carelessly I am surprised he doesn't fall off.: Adverb describing another adverb
    Correct.

    She rides her bike with INCREDIBLE care.:Adjective
    Correct.


    He is GOOD.:Adverb
    INCORRECT. "Good" is an adjective here, describing the subject's overall persona/behavior. (Think of it this way: He is a good boy.)

    He is WELL.:Adverb
    Correct. "Well" is describing the state-of-being verb "is" in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post

    He is WELL.:Adverb

    Correct. "Well" is describing the state-of-being verb "is" in this case.
    You're wrong about this one, I'm afraid to say. Well in this case is an adjective meaning in good health. Besides, linking verbs never take adverbs as their complements.

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    Re: Adverbs....

    Neither adverb nor adjective, it is a verb. It is an action word describing how he gets to town. (I'm not sure I understand your logic - how can "rides" describe "rides"?)


    That's absolutley correct! My answer was for the word (often) an adverb of frequency.

    He arrived much LATER than usual.: Adjective
    Later here is a comparative adverb describing the verb arrived.
    Other similar examples:

    1. Jeff works more quietly than Steve does.
    2. Jeff works the most quietly of all the students.
    3. Come earlier next time, please.
    4. You should study harder this year.

    I'm right, aren't I?

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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    You're wrong about this one, I'm afraid to say. Well in this case is an adjective meaning in good health. Besides, linking verbs never take adverbs as their complements.
    Not true that linking verbs are never complemented by an adverb, according to the American Heritage Book of English Usage (to name just one source).

    For example, take the sentence "She is here." Instead of complementing the subject, the adverb "here" modifies the linking verb, answering the question "Where is she?"

    So I stand by my original answer, in that "well" modifies "is" in the sample sentence; it answers the question "how is he feeling?"

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    Re: Adverbs....

    [quote=Seventies;445763]I am stuck on the following question in a grammar lesson I am completing. Its proving to be really frustrating and I am desperate for someone to point out my errors! and explain why...



    Look at the following sentences and say whether the BOLD word is an adjective or an adverb.

    He often RIDES his bike into town.: Adverb, describing the verb rides""Rides" is a verb, NOT an adverb. The adverb here is "often". It's an adverb of frequency.

    His new bike is VERY fast.: Adverb, describing the adjective fast

    He arrived much LATER than usual.: Adjective

    He rides his bike so INCREDIBLY carelessly I am surprised he doesn't fall off.: Adverb describing another adverb

    She rides her bike with INCREDIBLE care.:Adjective

    He is GOOD.:AdverbAdjective.

    He is WELL.:Adverb. This is an Adjective. Meaning; "In good health" and the opposite of "ill"
    Last edited by Luizao; 27-Feb-2009 at 20:19.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Not true that linking verbs are never complemented by an adverb, according to the American Heritage Book of English Usage (to name just one source).

    For example, take the sentence "She is here." Instead of complementing the subject, the adverb "here" modifies the linking verb, answering the question "Where is she?"

    So I stand by my original answer, in that "well" modifies "is" in the sample sentence; it answers the question "how is he feeling?"
    But Ouisch, in She is here, the here is an adjunct of place. Some verbs which are used with complements (one of which is be) can be used with adjuncts of place after them. It's like saying:
    She is in California now, where in California is in the position of complement, telling us of the place where she is now, not what she is or what she is like.


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    I agree that in "He is well", well modifies 'is', the verb 'to be'. Without it we simply know that 'He is', which tells us nothing other than his existence. By adding 'well' we describe the state of that existence.

    What I dont get is your answer to "He is good". The same arguments apply, it too is an adverb.

    "The fat cat" -> fat = adjective
    "The cat is fat" -> fat = adverb

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    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    I agree that in "He is well", well modifies 'is', the verb 'to be'. Without it we simply know that 'He is', which tells us nothing other than his existence. By adding 'well' we describe the state of that existence.

    What I dont get is your answer to "He is good". The same arguments apply, it too is an adverb.

    "The fat cat" -> fat = adjective
    "The cat is fat" -> fat = adverb
    "Fat" is an adjective too...

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