Adverb or Adjective?






Adverb or Adjective?

In English, some words can have the same spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings, depending on their position in the sentence. Some learners of ESL (English as a Second Language) are often confused with these words. 

Here are the words that are most commonly used as adjectives and adverbs.

Fast

Hard

High

Slow

How do we know if it functions as an adverb or an adjective? Take a look at the following examples.

Fast

Mike is a fast driver. 

In the example, the word fast describes the word driver, and driver is a noun. Therefore, the word fast functions as an adjective.

Compare:

Mike drives fast. The word fast describes how Mike drives. The word drives is a verb.  Therefore, the word fast in the given example functions as an adverb.

The same principle applies to the following examples:

Hard

Mike is a hard worker. (adjective describing the noun worker)

Mike works hard. (Adverb describing the verb works)

 

High

The ceiling is high. (adjective describing the noun ceiling)

Eagles fly high. (adverb describing the verb fly)

 

Slow

The little boy is a slow learner. Please adjust your teaching methods. (adjective describing the noun learner.)

The cars are moving slow. (Adverb describing the verb moving)






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