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My textbook mentions short adjectives like болен which decline by gender - больна, больно, больны. But it also mentions short adverbs like хорошо and сложно which can be used as neuter short adjectives -

adj: Это очень интересно.

adv: Он очень интересно говорил.

Do these decline when used as adjectives? Например,

Мария Николаевна совсем хороша? Я совсем хорош?

I haven't found declension charts for these, so I suspect not. So then, are these words just super-simple-short-adjectives that never decline like болен?

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    Adjectives decline, adverbs do not. They may look similar, but you know the difference by their usage - whether they attribute to a noun or to a verb. – Outtruder Oct 5 '15 at 7:24
  • That constructions "Мария Николаевна совсем хороша? Я совсем хорош?" are very fragile, one step right-left and your words in the context may contain an insult, or left someone in a perplexity. – Avtokod Oct 5 '15 at 7:31
  • болен does decline. E.g. "Она больна" = she's ill. – Matt Oct 5 '15 at 8:32
  • @Outtruder That looks like an answer – jwalker Oct 5 '15 at 12:16
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Мария Николаевна совсем хороша? Я совсем хорош?

Yes, these are valid sentences. Though I guess, you don't understand what they mean )))

"Совсем хорош" = dead drunk.

And, yes, this one declines (by gender), because it is an adjective. When it's an adverb it has no declension, e.g. "Кому на Руси жить хорошо".

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