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The sentence is the following.

"We came close to landing the deal, but the contractor turned us down at the last minute."

I would like to know whether "close" in that sentence is an adjective or an adverb. If you give some explanation about why, that would be so much appreciated.

Thank you.

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Close, with its complement to landing the deal, acts here as a predicative complement to the verb come. It is thus 'predicated of' the subject We, and may most conveniently be understood to be of its normal word class, an adjective.

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Your sentence can be simplified to:

"We came close"

We is a noun, came is a verb and close is an adverb. Close describes how we came.

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