Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Troublesome adjectives and adverbs, part of Grammar Foundations.
In most cases, deciding whether to use…an adjective or an adverb is straightforward.…However, certain adjective-adverb pairs,…such as good and well…and bad and badly,…create confusion and therefore are often used incorrectly.…Let's look at these specific groups.…But first a reminder:…adjectives modify nouns and pronouns,…and adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.…These are discussed extensively in another lesson.…Now, let's begin with "bad" and "badly."…He is a bad example to follow.…
"Bad" is the adjective modifying the noun "example."…And it's used correctly.…He played the game badly.…"Badly" tells us how he played the game,…modifying that action verb.…So, "badly" is the correct adverb.…But what about this?…Maria feels bad or badly that you didn't win the prize.…As always, we need to look at each word in the sentence.…Let's start with "feels," a verb--…but a state-of-being verb,…not an action verb.…
A state-of-being verb is followed by a complement…either describing, which is an adjective,…or renaming, which is the pronoun.…
- Why does grammar matter?
- Diagramming sentences
- Understanding pronouns
- Working with adjectives and adverbs
- Making sentences parallel
- Deciding when to use active and passive voice
- Using commas correctly
- Practicing grammar rules
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Business Writing Principleswith Judy Steiner-Williams1h 32m Beginner
1. Overview of Grammar
2. The Parts of Speech
3. Common Problems
Practicing the grammar rules1m 46s
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