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Re: adjectives and adverbs

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Sunday, June 5, 2005, 10:01

caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...> writes:
> --- In, Henrik Theiling <theiling@A...> wrote: > Hi! > > >In Mandarin Chinese, it's often hard to tell. I noticed this in a > >construction that is different in German and English: > > > English: I like to drink beer. auxiliary 'to like' > > German: Ich trinke gerne Bier. adverb 'gerne' > > I don't believe that "to like" is an auxiliary verb in English. It > can take a direct object (I like him) as well as a complementary > infinitive.
Agreed! :-) But this wasn't so much my point: the opposition between verbs (particularly auxilaries) and adverbs was what I meant. I used 'auxiliaries' not like a lexical category, but meant any verb that modifies that verb that takes the object (if any). In this sence, whether 'like' is an *auxiliary depends on the sentence it is used in. What's the correct term for this? **Henrik