A Course Book in English Grammar by Dennis Freeborn (auth.)

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The sides of the valley were rich in pasture and the crests heavily covered in beech-woods. I felt this was overdoing it rather. They picked me up bodily, kicking and bawling. I arrived at the school fatly wrapped up in my scarves. The rabble closed in. The Infant Room was packed with toys such as I'd never seen before. So I remained, the fat lord of my nursery life, idling voluptuously through the milky days. But my time was slowly running out. (b) adverbs modifying adjectives My desk companions were two blonde girls, already puppyishly pretty.

The participles of verbs in adjective function are all descriptive adjectives, since they indicate either an active or passive state: running water, a dying soldier, a broken chair. e. points out persons or things: this boy, this book, these boys, these books, my house, each house, many books; this part of the city, his share of the expense, etc. (Curme) Exercise 15 Discuss the definitions of adjective, and consider whether they refer principally to function or to meaning. 5 Adverbs The fourth category of lexical words is the adverb.

Animals in the z are less lacnic than we. Vices are filled with paths and scial intercurse is baths. ' cried the blacksmith. 6 Summary Lexical words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs) are our means of referring to the participants in the actions we observe in the world. The four word-classes name people and things, both concrete and abstract (nouns), identify actional, mental and relational processes (verbs) or describe attributes (adjectives and adverbs). Function words belonging to the other word-classes do not lack meaning entirely, but their primary purpose is grammatical, that is, to refer to, link, or mark other words, phrases and clauses within sentences.

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