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He looked (stupid/stupidly) in that outfit. No problemright? Well, sometimes it's not so easy. Check this out: WRONG: This sentence is written awful bad. (How is this sentence written? The question how implies that an adverb is needed, but bad is an adjective. ) STILL WRONG: This sentence is written awful badly. (How badly? ) RIGHT: This sentence is not written awfully badlyit's perfect! You can get away with a lot of goofs in everyday speech, but when you are writing a paper or giving a speech, adverb and < previous page page_41 next page > < previous page next page > page_42 Page 42 adjective goofs make your work look sloppy.
WRONG: Mom gave the cookies to her and I. RIGHT BUT NOT SO POLITE: Mom gave the cookies to me and her. POLITE: Mom gave the cookies to her and me Is it me or is it I? It's a hot debate. Is this right? It's me. It's him. It's her. It's us. It's them. < previous page Or is this right? It's I. It's he. It's she. It's we. It's they. page_20 next page > < previous page page_21 next page > Page 21 Even the experts don't agree on this one. According to the strictest rules, it's me is wrong. (Turn the sentences around.
Previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 The Subjunctive Mood WRONG: I were born in 1979. RIGHT: I was born in 1979. This is obvious, right? Sure it isat least most of the time. " This is called the subjunctive mood. Here is a trick for telling whether to use the subjunctive mood: If the sentence is a what if or if only sentence, use the subjunctive. WHAT IF: If I were a magician, I would turn the entire world into chocolate. WHAT IF: If she were to win the $10 million lottery, what do you think she would do with the money?
1000 questions de français by Dominique Le Fur