I want to know how to differentiate between adverb and adjective like in this sentences:

1."He believes in working hard".

2."He is hard working man".

In both cases, "working" is a gerund, which is used like a noun, but I think in the first case, "hard" is an adverb and in the second case it's an adjective.

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It's difficult to tell with hard, because adverb and adjective are the same. If you change it to quick, all becomes clear:

He believes in thinking quickly

He is a quick thinking man.

  • Can we use adjectve after noun ?
    – Rocky
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 6:31
  • @Rocky: Yes, you can, "We painted the town red last night".
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 7:01
  • "The man standing over there is a friend of mine". Here 'standing' is gerund or adjective?
    – Rocky
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 7:42
  • @Rocky, I think that's probably the subject of a separate question.
    – JavaLatte
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 7:59
  • Okay I'll ask it separately.
    – Rocky
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 8:20

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