Adverbs used as Adjectives
Adverbs closely resemble adjectives. Some wordswithout change of formare either an adjective or adverb. To distinguish between the two, you need to decide which part-of-speech the given word is and how to use it correctly in the sentence.
EX. In the sentence Tom is a fast runner, the word fast is an adjective modifying the noun runner. In the sentence Tom runs fast, the word fast is an adverb modifying the verb runs.
Many adverbs are derived from adjectives. From soft comes the adverb softly, from beautiful comes beautifully.
Also remember you can use some nouns as adverbs. In the sentence He arrived yesterday, the noun yesterday is used adverbially, modifying the verb.
EX. You look very well this evening.
Well is used to show condition; therefore it is an adjective.
EX. You did that job well.
Well is used to show manner; therefore it is an adverb.
EX. Jimmy ran so fast I could not catch him.
Fast is here used to show manner; therefore it is an adverb.
EX. What a fast care Martin has!
Fast is used to describe car; therefore it is an adjective.
EX. You may go if you will not jog too far.
Far is used to denote distance and place; therefore it is an adverb.
EX. You may be tired by the time you reach that far tree.
Here far is used to describe country; therefore it is an adjective.
EX. Please give me a some more sugar in my coffee.
Here some is used to show degree; therefore it is an adverb.
EX. What a happy girl you are!
Here happy is used to describe girl; therefore it is an adjective.
EX. Come early so I can show you around the kitchen.
Here early is used to show time; therefore it is an adverb.
EX. My brother sent you some of our early tomatoes.
Here early describes tomatoes; therefore it is an adjective.
Sometimes it is difficult to decide, even by the use, if you should use a word as an adverb or a predicate adjective. This is true when the word follows a verb such as taste, smell, look, seem, sound, feel.
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