Is Hours used as an adverb in this sentence?

2018-01-24 07:33:24

Authorities Say the Philippines' Most Active Volcano Could Be Just Hours From Erupting (The title of an article from Yahoo news)

I don't know whether 'Hours' functions as a noun in the place for complement or an adverb in the sentence.

I think it is used adverbly because if it is a noun, it has to modify 'the Philippines' Most Active Volcano', and then, the meaning of the sentence seems to be awkward, so, I think, it should be an adverb modifying the verb 'be'.

In response to your question and the comments, all units of measurement can be used this way:

I am two pounds away from my weight-loss goal.

The children were miles from home.

The bandwidth is one gigabit per second from the required speed.

It's also appropriate to use this construction with "past":

I am two hours past the deadline.

I suppose this could be confusing, though. Obviously, the subject doesn't somehow turn into the unit of measurement. But the unit of measurement is still a noun. The ent

  • In response to your question and the comments, all units of measurement can be used this way:

    I am two pounds away from my weight-loss goal.

    The children were miles from home.

    The bandwidth is one gigabit per second from the required speed.

    It's also appropriate to use this construction with "past":

    I am two hours past the deadline.

    I suppose this could be confusing, though. Obviously, the subject doesn't somehow turn into the unit of measurement. But the unit of measurement is still a noun. The entire phrase "hours from erupting" is describing the volcano, if that helps. That would make the phrase adjectival.

    In fact that's probably a better way to deconstruct it than I did in the comments:

    Volcano = subject

    Could be = linking verb

    Hours from erupting = predicate adjectival phrase

    2018-01-24 08:33:39