Adjectives and Adverbs Illustrated

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  • 1. Sample Handmade Responses to Hale’s Sin and Syntax,Chapters 4-5, Adjectives and Adverbs with corresponding citations from the chapter Angelo State University English 4361: English Grammar Dr. Laurence Musgrove Department of English and Modern Languages January 28, 2013 www.theillustratedprofessor.com @lemusgro
  • 2. “Don’t slap on an adjective that merely repeats what the noun or verb makesobvious” (81). “Watch for adverbs that merely repeat the meaning of theverb” (91).
  • 3. “If you use ‘many’ with a word, use ‘fewer’ with the same word…; if you use‘much’ with a word, use ‘less’ ….” (84).
  • 4. “Adjectives are consorts, never attending a party alone, preferring to hook themselveson the arm of a sturdy noun” (75). “Adverbs are more promiscuous than adjectives.They partner loosely, modifying verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs” (88).
  • 5. “Adjectives are consorts, never attending a party alone, preferring to hook themselveson the arm of a sturdy noun” (75). “Adverbs are crashers in the syntax house party.More often than not, they should be deleted when they sneak in the back door” (90).
  • 6. “Placement is more important than you might think. Sleep deprivation maycause us to ask for ‘a hot cup of coffee’ when what we really want is ‘a cup ofhot coffee’” (77).
  • 7. “that’s the alchemy of adjectives: boiling down excess ideas to the essence of athing, with words that surprise” (80).