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
english - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:03pm
The word, VERY, modifies the noun, little.
Which part of speech do you think VERY is?
english - bobpursley, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:04pm
"little" is an adverb. VERY is an adverb that modifies little, so in the end, very is an adverb that modifies the adverb little.
English - Ms. Sue, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:21pm
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.
english - bobpursley, Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 9:37pm
OK, I accept that logic.