posted by toney on .
Identify the capitalized part of speech in the following sentence:
Unless you come to class and complete the work, you will learn VERY little.
Answer a. noun
The word, VERY, modifies the noun, little.
Which part of speech do you think VERY is?
"little" is an adverb. VERY is an adverb that modifies little, so in the end, very is an adverb that modifies the adverb little.
Here's my reasoning.
The word, "little," is a noun because it is the direct object of the verb, "will learn." It tells WHAT you will learn.
you will learn a little
you will learn nothing
It seems to me that VERY is an adjective, modifying the noun, little.
OK, I accept that logic.