The Correct Use of English Articles

Fill in the right articles: A, An, the, Ø. Boyle’s law states ____ pressure of ____ gas is inversely proportional to ____ volume of ____ gas ____ constant temperature. I Agree to @my name’s response to this question. As @my name explains pressure and volume are specific to gas, so we use “the.” But what … Read more

Why is “dark” an adverb in “dark blue”?

The sky is dark blue. Source: BBC English Catherine: The sky is dark blue. The sky is dark blue. Finn: So, is blue an adjective or adverb? Catherine: It’s an adjective. Blue is describing the noun sky. Now number two: it’s actually the same sentence but this time, think about the word dark. Is dark … Read more

Can ‘smart home’ and similar phrases be adjectives if followed by a noun, or do they become complements?

I’m having some confusion here as I’ve been tasked with checking that some texts fit a style guide for work, and it requires that two adjectives directly preceding a noun be hyphenated, e.g. ‘well-dressed woman’. That example is straightforward enough for me, but I have no clue how far it extends. I’m seeing a lot … Read more

What part of speech is “mountain” in the sentence “Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers.”?

I’m trying to understand the grammar of this sentence: Avalanches are dangerous to mountain climbers. What part of speech is the word mountain? Answer It is part of the noun phrase “mountain climbers”, which is itself the complement of the sentence. Specifically “mountain” is a noun modifier (also called an ‘attributive noun’ or a ‘noun … Read more

How would pretty be classified in this sentence

The sentence is “You look pretty tonight”. I believe that pretty would be an adjective as it’s referring to “You”. However in the sentence “You look pretty gorgeous tonight” I believe that pretty would be an adverb. In the first sentence is pretty saying how “You” looks though, meaning it would be an adverb? Answer … Read more