Lesson: Parts of Speech - The Basics

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Excellent video. just one question- shouldn't it be 'the dog sleeps besides the bed' rather than 'the dog sleeps beside the bed'. Thanks
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You're thinking of a different usage.
"besides" = "in addition to" - Besides being a nice guy, Joe is also smart.
"beside" = "next to" - Joe set his cup beside the plate.
Since the dog is sleeping next to the bed, we use "beside"

abbamir's picture

besides and beside have different meanings. Beside is the location of an item, but besides is usually used when you list items.

nice video, ok I am thinking in the adverb section - very quiet audience and more carefully - here both carefully and quiet are an adverb to the words door and audience respectively and "very" & "more" are an adverb to them. right?
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You're referring to the examples at 7:30 in the video.

"quiet" is an adjective that tells us more about the AUDIENCE (What kind of audience? A quiet one). Here, the word "very" tells us more about the adjective "quiet" (How quiet? Very quiet.). Since "very" modifies an adjective, "very" is an adverb.

"carefully" is an adverb that tells us more about the manner in which Francine should CLOSE the door (how should she close it? Carefully). So, the word "more" tells us more about the adverb "carefully" (How carefully? More carefully). Since "more" modifies an adverb, "more" is an adverb.

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