Babsu
 
Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 08:48 am
Hi,
Can anyone please help me by explaining why you use an adjective in the first sentence and an adverb in the second.
1, The fact is easy to describe.
2, The fact is easily described.

Thanks you very much!
Babs
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Tes yeux noirs
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 11:46 am
I am not sure what exactly you are asking. The "reason" for one sentence having an adjective and the other having an adverb is probably that they are intended to be example sentences showing the use of an adjective or an adverb to say the same thing.
saab
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 12:14 pm
@Tes yeux noirs,
First sentence: The fact is easy ....refers to the fact, which is a substantiv
Second sentence : The fact is easily described .refers to described which is a verb
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 12:42 pm
1, The fact is easy to describe. = fact / is / easy

2, The fact is easily described. = fact / is described
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Tue 29 Mar, 2016 01:22 pm
@Babsu,
Babsu wrote:

Hi,
Can anyone please help me by explaining why you use an adjective in the first sentence and an adverb in the second.
1, The fact is easy to describe.
2, The fact is easily described.

Thanks you very much!
Babs


In the first sentence the infinitive verb, "to describe" is acting as an noun, i.e. verbal noun, so it's modifier is an adjective.

In the second sentence "described" is a verb, so it's modifier is an adverb.
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