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September 2008

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Grammar Spot : Adverbs of Degree

July Grammar Spot

Sometimes it is a bit hard to tell an adjective from an adverb! In a recent blog posting we covered just this problem while focusing on adverbs of degree.

Adverbs of degree tell us about the intensity or degree of an action, an adjective or another adverb.

Common adverbs of degree:

Almost, nearly, quite, just, too, enough, hardly, scarcely, completely, very, extremely.

Adverbs of degree are usually placed:

  1. before the adjective or adverb they are modifying:
    e.g. The water was extremely cold.
  2. before the main verb:
    e.g. He was just leaving. She has almost finished.

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Readers' Questions : The Passive in English

Readers' QuestionsEvery month we publish one question from an English4Today member in the newsletter. However, we answer a lot more in the Online Grammar FAQ and a lot of them have podcast sound files with the answers.

This month's question was sent in by Christy, an English4Today member from the Phillipines: Mahesh asks, 'When do we have to use the past participle of the verb when the tense of your statement is in the present tense. This is because I get confused when someone asks me about this. Like for ex. I think your headset is broken. I know this sentence is right, but why use past participle (broken). Thanks?'

Hi Christy, thanks for your question. English can be confusing and I think you’ve landed on one of the areas that is most confusing for a lot of English language learners. Let’s take a look at your example sentence:

  • I think your headset is broken

Now what is that? Simple Present? Simple Past? Present Perfect? The sentence seems to be in the Present … but what is that past participle ‘broken’ doing in there?.Well, this sentence is in the Passive and that changes the way we structure the tenses. The Passive takes a little understanding and for the full answer to this question and the way we use and form the Passive take a look at the blog posting and the section on the passive in the English4Today Online English Grammar.


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