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The only bad thing is that she smells bad.

In the above sentence, I think bad is an adverb because it describes the linking verb, smells. The dictionary lists bad as a verb. Is it an adverb or verb and why?


  • English -

    "Bad" in both places is an adjective.

    In the second usage, it's a predicate adjective because "smells" is serving as a linking verb.

    If you don't understand this (and it isn't easy!), let us know.

  • English -

    After verbs of "sense" : looks, smells, sounds, feels, tastes, the following descriptive word is an adjective. The reason is that it is describing the subject... Look at the below.

    The rose looks beautiful.
    The rose is beautiful.

    Rose <- beautiful.

    Lemon tastes sour.
    Lemon is sour.

    Lemon <- sour.

    Adverbs tell when, where, how usually.

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