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The First Day of Spring [Mar. 23rd, 2006|11:30 am]
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Ok... I tried another 100-word drabble. This time, it had these restrictions:

No more than three (3) adjectives. Unlimited possessive, demonstrative, interrogative and indefinite adjectives are allowed. The use of participles (verbal adjectives) is also allowed. No adverbs of manner (those that tell "how" and generally end in "-ly"), but you may use as many adverbs of time (when), place (where), and degree (extent) as you want.

I wasn't sure if "alongside" was an adverb of manner or an adverb of place, so I replaced it with "with".

Is "outside" considered a noun or an adverb? If it can be replaced with "outdoors", does that mean it's an adverb? But if it's an adverb, it should be on of place and not one of manner...

So, I hope this entry qualifies (qualified)....

I believe my three adjectives are: 1. last, 2. lovely, and 3. first.

I think the words I use to describe are participles (verbs usually ending with "-ing") or maybe even gerunds. I wish I were an English major ;).

*crosses fingers*

Forget the birds and the bees. Forget flowers blooming and the last snow melting into nothingness. Cedric knows it's spring when he doesn't have to wear galoshes outside. When he can dart through the sky like a bolt of lightning. When he can ride the wind with his lovely eagle and revel in the breeze that carries her laughter, chiming like bells.

He swoops down, plucks a daisy from the earth, and offers it to her. Her eyes brighten, sparkling under the sun.

"Shall we?" Her smile answers his question, and they continue flying, enjoying the first day of spring.


[User Picture]From: ladybluestar
2006-04-05 01:25 pm (UTC)
Lovely piece, I really like the simplicity of his happiness and expressions, it fits so well with his character. Also, having them fly together is very sweet and certainly something that they would enjoy together.

Gerunds are nouns made from verbs by adding "-ing".
Adverbs modify verbs and frequently end in "-ly". Outside is a noun.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-04-05 02:58 pm (UTC)
It's so confusing... to dissect a sentence or construct one from "rules". And I had checked the Merriem-Webster Dictionary online (m-w.com) about 'outside' and it said it can be either a noun or an adverb; and under adverb, it said 'outdoors'. So, I thought if you could replace 'outside' with 'outdoors', it meant it was an adverb. Ach! @_@
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[User Picture]From: ladybluestar
2006-04-05 03:02 pm (UTC)
Well, my degree is in physics, not English, so I'm not sure how much more help I could be.
I would pester anndee123, the Headmistress.
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[User Picture]From: jadeites_lady
2006-04-05 03:17 pm (UTC)
oo.. physics :D After one year of that, I decided I liked chemistry and biology better. ;)
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[User Picture]From: ladybluestar
2006-04-05 03:21 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, I never was very fond of those. Though, neurology isn't so bad. ;)
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