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Hi teachers,

She was late for class.
Is late an adverb?
If yes, the question with 'how' is?

Thanks in advance
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Thinking SpainShe was late for class.
Is late an adverb?
If yes, the question with 'how' is?
I'd say that late is an adverb. Yes.

But there is no sensible question with "how" because the original statement is an idiom for

She arrived late for class.

You might ask When did she arrive for class? but that doesn't by any means guarantee the answer She was late for class.

How did she arrive for class? is not suitable because, obviously, one answer is She arrived for class with her hair in disarray. And there are hundreds of other answers. Emotion: smile

Having seen many of your questions on our forum by now, I'm beginning to believe that you may be thinking about English in a somewhat artificial way that is making life more difficult for you than it needs to be. It seems as if you're trying to fill a salt cellar by dropping grains of salt through the little holes on top! Maybe you could consider an easier way of going about this. Emotion: smile

In other words, not every statement has a corresponding question that is guaranteed to elicit that statement as its answer. Sometimes you just have to allow your listener more freedom and ask What happened? Emotion: smile

CJ
Hi CalifJim,

You are quite right. Sometimes I ask myself questions that I am the only one to raise them. It is a great way to tell me. I’ll try not to do it and if I do please do always tell me. Thanks a lot for the advice.[Y]

I don't know if I express this commentary properly.Emotion: embarrassed
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Hi CaliJim,

You are quite right. Sometimes I ask myself questions that I am the only one to raise them. It is a great way to tell me. I’ll try not to do it and if I do please do always tell me. Thanks a lot for the advice and of course your answer.[Y]

I don't know if I express this commentary properly.Emotion: embarrassed
You know what I did with your advice? I have printed it to have it always in front of me. I hope it will work! Emotion: nodding
Thinking Spainyour advice
It's an observation -- not really advice. If there is any advice there, it's to try to make things simplewherever possible. (Advice is easy to give -- hard to follow!) Emotion: smile

CJ
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Hi CalifJim,
Even though it's is just an observation, I thank you very much. How things are said is the best way to get a good result from them. I really think so. Don't you?Emotion: wink

TS
Thinking SpainHow things are said is the best way to get a good result from them.
Are you expressing the same sentiment we have in this English proverb?

You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar. Emotion: smile

CJ
CalifJimYou can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar.
Yes, I'm expressing exactly this sentiment. I didn't know about this proverb, but is it true as life.
Thank you.Emotion: smile
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