LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||26/NOV/2005 8:21 PM|
I'm not an grammar expert in english nor any language whatever, but I'll disagree with you nonetheless.
Your example - "eating outdoors", or mine - "he ran outdoors", are incomplete, and very incorrect and misleading in the former case especially. Literally that would mean to consume the outdoors, a big task, aye? Although rarely said correctly and fully, they should be "eating out-of-doors" or "he ran out-of-doors". I think if you remember that 'outdoors' is an informal and shortened form of 'out-of-doors', three seperate words which cannot be combined into one adverb, that will make it more clear.
Let's try another example : "eating in the bathtub". Does that make 'bathtub' an adverb? Acho que nao. 'in-the-bathtub' if used very frequently as a term could eventually be shortened to 'intub' or some such. Still it would not be an adverb.
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