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Oct 24, 2017

adjectives describe the noun, whereas adverbs describe the verb


For example, tall is an adjective.

"The TALL man waved to me."

Quickly is an adverb (as a rule, adverbs end in -LY)

"The tall man QUICKLY leaped over the fence. "

Oct 29, 2017

While an adjective describes nouns, adverbs describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.


Adjectives always (as far as I know) describe nouns. I don't think they can describe pronouns.

Consider the sentence: "Earlier, a black cat crept very slowly across the road."

The adjective 'black' modifies the noun 'cat.' Adjectives can refer to order, (the #color(red)("first")# man to walk on the moon) they can be demonstrative (I want #color(red)("that")# dog) or have many other roles. As long as a word is modifying a noun, it must be an adjective. (With a few weird compound noun exceptions.)

The adverb 'slowly' modifies the verb 'crept.' 'Slowly' is an adverb of manner, which means it describes how the verb was performed.

The adverb 'earlier' also modifies the verb 'crept.' It is an adverb of time, which tells you when a verb is performed. Be very careful to not confuse this with prepositions of time, like in the sentence: #color(red)("Before")# I go to bed, I will finish my work.

Also, the adverb 'very' modifies the adverb 'slowly.' It is an adverb of degree. Those show you how much impact a certain adverb has. Other adverbs of degree include 'barely,' 'quite,' and 'extremely.'

Keep in mind that not all adjectives look the same and not all adverbs look the same. English parsing is very difficult.