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The Logic of Adjectives and Adverbs
Exercise 3 adapted from
The Mother Tongue, Book II
by George Kittredge and Sarah Arnold
Analysis Key

     Note that unlike most of the analysis keys, in this one the adjectives and adverbs within prepositional phrases are color coded as individual words.

1. The starving [1] man then [2] ate greedily [3]. |

2. The three [4] men plodded wearily [5] back [6] {to their old [7] shack}. |

3. Mary explained her [8] problem (DO) very [9] clearly [10]. |

4. Jessica's [11] big [12] brown [13] eyes barely [14] saw the bird slowly [15] move [#1]. |

5. Bobby ran away [16] so [17] fast [18] [Adv. (result) to "so" that his [19] father did not [20] see him (DO)]. |
 
1. starving Adjective to "man" Identity What kind of?
2. then Adverb to "ate" Time When?
3. greedily Adverb to "ate" Manner How?
4. three Adjective to "men" Identity How many?
5. wearily Adverb to "plodded" Manner How?
6. back Adverb to "plodded" Space In which direction?
7. old Adjective to "shack" Identity What kind of?
8. her Adjective to "problem" Identity Whose?
9. very Adverb to "clearly" Degree How much?
10. clearly Adverb to "explained" Manner How?
11. Jessica's Adjective to "eyes" Identity Whose?
12. big Adjective to "eyes" Identity What kind of?
13. brown Adjective to "eyes" Identity What kind of?
14. barely Adverb to "saw" Degree How much?
15. slowly Adverb to "move" Manner How?
16. away Adverb to "ran" Space Where?
17. so Adverb to "fast" Degree How much?
18. fast Adverb to "ran" Manner How?
19. his Adjective to "father" Identity Whose?
20. not Adverb to "see" Degree How much?

Note

1. At this KISS Level, I would simply accept "bird" as the direct object of "saw." If you are having students identify subjects and verbs, expect them to have trouble with "move." When they get to KISS Level Four, they will learn that "bird" is the subject of the verbal (infinitive) "move." The infinitive phrase is the direct object of "saw."