This question arises from a mistake I made in class. I incorrectly identified hungry as an adverb in the sentence below. I appreciate your wisdom.
Question: In the sentence, "They went to bed hungry," hungry functions as an adjective modifying they. I am trying to figure out what "type" of adjective hungry is here.
As I understand it, there are, broadly speaking, two types of adjectives: attributive adjectives and predicate adjectives. Attributive adjectives appear adjacent to the noun they modify. Predicate adjectives appear in the predicate (duh) and are "linked" to the subject by a linking verb.
If hungry is an adjective in the above mentioned sentence, it is obvious that it cannot be an attributive adjective since it is not adjacent to the noun it modifies. However, it does not seem like it can be classified as a predicate adjective either. This is because it is not linked to the subject via a linking verb. Though went can be used as a linking verb (such as in the slightly modified sentence "They went hungry"), it seems to be an action verb here since it is actually describing a movement through space.
If my reading is correct here, "hungry" can be neither an attributive nor a predicate adjective. This led me to initially posit it as an adverb describing how they went. Is it another class of adjective altogether? What am I missing here? Thanks!