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何かいいことがあったか?

何か一言を言ってください

In sentences like these, is 何か an adverb? I have read that counters such as 一つ are adverbs when used in sentences like りんごを一つ食べた. Is it possible that 何か is functioning like an adverb similar to how 一つ is functioning like an adverb in that sentence.

  • see なにか➋ – 永劫回帰 Nov 15 '15 at 11:54
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    ^ ❶ではないでしょうか。「どことなく。なんだか。」とも「なぜ…か。どうして…か。」とも言い換えられないので。 – Chocolate Dec 18 '15 at 5:44
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何か can be used to mean 'something', which can also be an adverb; or 'anything', which can be used to describe the extent/magnitude, and is an adverb in that case.

何かいいことがあったか? - What's the good news? / Did something good happen?

何か一言を言ってください - Please say a few words.

How about

りんごを一つ食べた, as opposed to 一つのりんごを食べた?

The former's 一つ functions as an adverb while the latter is just a noun.

So to answer your question: Yes, it is an adverb in those sentences.

  • 語が『副詞的に機能する』ことと、『副詞である』ことは別の事象として捉える必要があるかと思います。 – l'électeur Dec 16 '15 at 23:58
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    @Yuu 「何か一言言ってください」--> 普通は「何か一言言ってください」となるのではないかと思うのですが。 – Chocolate Dec 18 '15 at 5:47
  • @choco, yep, I agree. 一言 is usually used adverbially too. – dainichi Jan 15 '16 at 2:56
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In the sentences 何かいいことがあったか? and 何か一言言ってください, which can be translated respectively:

Was there something good (good news) for you? - Here ‘something’ is used as a subject.

Would you please say something (a few words?) – Here ‘something’ is used as an object.

I think '何か' functions as a pronoun rather than an adverb.

The usage of '何か' here is different from '一つ' in 'りんごを一つ食べた,' where '一つ' corresponds to 'an' or 'one' of 'an (one) apple.'

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