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LECTURE FIVE Modifiers: Adjectives and Adverbs A traditional grammar would now describe pronouns, but we will save them for a moment and move on to the describing words: adjectives and adverbs, the modifiers. Adjectives describe nouns, and adverbs describe verbs. Adjectives and adverbs are not all that different. In fact, the same word can switch from being an adjective to an adverb. So if you say “Josh Beckett threw a hard pitch,” “hard” is an adjective. But if you say “Josh Beckett pitches hard,” “hard” is an adverb.

And to avoid writing type one sentences . . well, we don’t even have to try. Unless a person has a special sort of language disorder called Wernicke’s aphasia, usually caused by a stroke or brain injury, there is no way that he or she will produce a type-one sentence (and even that type-one sentence isn’t entirely characteristic of Wernicke’s aphasiacs, who say things like “The big long lacquered lanky first second range man ambled up out to the bull player pen” when trying to paraphrase the sentence, “The big lanky first baseman ambled out to the bull pen”).

We say this: I might have seen the red panda. Where did that “seen” come from? And why the “have”? To answer that question, we have to take a detour into the land of participles and gerunds. But when we are done there, and when we have discussed why participles should not dangle (and what a participle is and what that even means), we will come back and explain what is going on and why we do not say “might had saw” or even “might have saw” (though the latter is not as problematic as the former).

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