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.


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 Apr 21 '16 at 6:31
  • @Rocky: Yes, you can, "We painted the town red last night". – JavaLatte Apr 21 '16 at 7:01
  • "The man standing over there is a friend of mine". Here 'standing' is gerund or adjective? – Rocky Apr 21 '16 at 7:42
  • @Rocky, I think that's probably the subject of a separate question. – JavaLatte Apr 21 '16 at 7:59
  • Okay I'll ask it separately. – Rocky Apr 21 '16 at 8:20

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