Adjective vs. Adverb

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Why is  "late" as in "He sleeps very late" an Adjective rather than an Adverb?  We say "He sleeps peacefully" rather than "He sleeps peaceful."  Why?

asked Oct 09 '13 at 18:53 cdenni2 New member

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It is an adverb because it is modifying the verb.

 

"late" is describing how long he 'slept' (the verb).

 

If you wanted to use it as an adjective, then use it as a predicate adjective following a linking verb:

After oversleeping, he was late.

Now it is a predicate adjective describing the subject (a pronoun) and not a verb.

link comment answered Oct 09 '13 at 22:04 Aaron Prejean Expert
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Late is not an adjective in that sentence.  It is an adverb.

link comment answered Oct 09 '13 at 19:40 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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