Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"I think we've all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically."

~Ode to Adverbs~

No verb works harder than the Adverb. Sure the Verb does lots of things. It can't help it; it's a Verb. . . and Helping Verbs really do go the extra mile to help Verbs extend their meaning. (But sometimes Helping Verbs just muddy the waters and make things more complicated. They're complex, those helping verb tenses. . . )

Not so with the Adverb. They're the real workers. They run here and there and everywhere to help us understand Verbs' where, when, how, and why.

Adverbs. They just don't get no respect. Such is the plight of the Adverb.

But there's a particular type of Adverb that really gets the short end of the stick. It happens particularly when an Adverb makes its apperance at the end of the sentence. Usually, these poor Adverbs get dropped like's yesterday's underwear and get replaced by an Adjective. Can you imagine?!

So, here's a little ode to end-of-sentence Adverbs. . .

You don't say "Why do people drive so slow?"
~Thanks to the Adverb, you say "Why do people drive so slowly?"

You don't say "I feel bad."
~Thanks to the Adverb, you say "I feel badly."

You don't say "He talks funny."
~Thanks to the Adverb, you say "He talks strangely" or "He talks oddly."

You don't say "Jane runs quick."
~Thanks to the Adverb, you say "Jane runs quickly."

Now you know.

You're welcome.

[Title quote is from "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"]

1 comment:

Jen said...

your brain is a fun place! thanks for inviting us in every once in a while!! I get to see you soon!!!!!!!!
I am way excited! and we can play games! and eat food and play boccie and have all kinds of fun!

 
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