Jan. 24, 2019

Sentence 024 Let the cat out of the bag.

024 A fast car speeded against the red light and caused an accident.

024 I could do with a better ping-pong bat.

024 I feel worse and worse about my behaviour on Saturday.

024 I studied worse all semester compared to last year.

024 I think the exam has gone better this time.

024 On our way home, we went through Customs very fast.

Leslie: Can you find the odd-man-out?

Sam: I just cannot tell you at the moment. Maybe later, if / when we go through them.

L: Let’s see the first. ’A fast car speeded against the red light and caused an accident.’

S: If the topic here is Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs, ’fast’ is the Positive Degree of an Adjective, and it modifies the Noun ’car’.

And I would jump to the last Sentence here: ’On our way home, we went through Customs very fast.’

’Fast’ is an Adverb here and it modifies the Verb ’went’.

I don’t know whether it’s the Odd-man-out or not, we1ll see it at the end, but the same form ’fast’ for the Adjective and the Adverb makes it Irregular.

L: What comes next? Can you see another pair of Sentences?

S: OK. It is ’I could do with a better ping-pong bat.’

’Better’ is the Comparative Degree of ’good’ and it modifies the Noun ’bat’.

Its logical pair is ’I think the exam has gone better this time.’

Here, ’better’ is the Comparative Degree of the Adverb ’well’, and it modifies the Complete Verb ’has gone’.

It may also be a nominee for the Odd-man-out – title since the Adjective ’good’ and the Adverb ’well’ have the same Comparative Degree ’better’.

L: And we are left with yet another pair to look at.

S: Yes. The first Sentence int he pair is ’I feel worse and worse about my behaviour last Saturday.’

Here, ’worse’ is the Comparative Degree of the Adjective ’bad’ and it modifies the Personal Pronoun ’I’.

The other Sentence int he pair is ’I studied worse all semester compared last year.’

’Worse’ is the Comparative Degree for the Adverb ’badly’ and it modifies the Verb ’studied’.

L: The last pair is very similar to the second and they leave the first pair as the Odd-man-out.