Adjectives with verbs (error)

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  • Adjectives are words that say more about nouns ('naming' words): 'good', 'large', 'beautiful', etc., are examples of adjectives.
  • Adverbs are words that say more about verbs ('doing' words): 'well', 'largely', 'beautifully', etc., are examples of adverbs.

Do not use adjectives with verbs. (Using adverbs with nouns is a much rarer error.) Academics sneer at football managers who say 'The boy done great': it should be 'He did well', of course (at least, it is obvious to the kind of teacher who likes to sneer).