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Chapter 8. How to Write and Speak Good: ... > Three Degrees of Separation - Pg. 77

How to Write and Speak Good: Adjectives Versus Adverbs (The adjective skillful describes the noun driver. ) The cabby drove skillfully. (The adverb skillfully describes the verb drove. ) 77 Graphic Proof Use the following table to keep adjectives and adverbs straight. That way, we'll all be reading from the same sheet music as we play together in the rest of this chapter. Table 8-1. In the Know: Adjective or Adverb? Modifier Adjectives Adjectives Adverbs Adverbs Adverbs Function Describe nouns Describe pronouns Describe verbs Describe adverbs Describe adjectives Example The busy bee never rests. (The noun is bee.) She felt disappointed. (The pronoun is she.) The child cried bitterly. (The verb is cried.) The child cried very bitterly. (The adverb is bitterly.) The child was truly annoyed. (The adjective is an- noyed.) I'm Ready for My Close-Up Now, Mr. DeMille Reality check: Are you still with me? Find out by taking this little quiz. Identify the underlined word or words in each of the following sentences. Hint: The answer will be either "adjective" or "adverb." Those are better odds than you get in Vegas. ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. My school colors were "clear." Question: How many surrealists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Answer: Two. One to hold the giraffe firmly and the other to fill the bathtub with brightly colored machine tools. If the cops arrest a mime, do they tell her that she has the right to remain silent? Maybe you're right. Maybe I should have been insulted when the mind reader charged me half price. For three days after death, hair and fingernails continue to grow slowly, but phone calls taper off. Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you can find a big rock. Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny? Murphy's Oil Soap is the chemical most commonly used to clean elephants. Giraffes have no vocal cords. A man ordered a taco. He asked the server for "minimal lettuce." The server said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg. Answers 1. Adjective 2. Adverb, adjective 3. Adverb 4. Adjective 5. Adverb 6. Adjective 7. Adverb 8. Adverb 9. Adjective 10. Adjective Three Degrees of Separation Often, you'll want to compare things rather than just describe them. Not to worry; English has this covered. Adjectives and adverbs have different forms to show degrees of comparison. We even have a name for each of these forms of degree: positive, comparative, and superlative. Let's meet the whole gang.