An adverb is a word that modifies an adjective, adverb, preposition, phrase, or sentence, expressing some relation of place, time, circumstance, causality, manner, or degree.

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Is “relatively big compared to” redundant?

If I say something like He is big compared to the other guy. He is relatively big compared to the other guy. is the adverb relatively wrong because of redundancy?
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“Eventually” vs. “finally”

What is the difference between finally and eventually? He eventually escaped and made his way back to England. He finally escaped and made his way back to England.
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“A bit” vs. “a little bit” vs. “a little”

Is there a difference between a bit, a little bit and a little in the following context? He is a little bit angry. He is a little angry. He is a bit angry. Or do these sentences mean the ...
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How to combine “a book about X” with “people are interested in how X works”? [closed]

I would like to know how to correctly combine the sentence 1. with the sentence 2. People are interested in how these algorithms work. I am writing a book about algorithms... [here I need to ...
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“ 'Such' amount” or “ 'such an' amount”?

Is there any difference between them!? If you google both: 1 and 2, the amount of retrieved results are very similar. I'd like to know if there's any (grammar) rule that makes it clear when to use an ...
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Is “all total” grammatically correct?

We have three apples all total. All total, we have 75 bananas. How many cucumbers do we have all total? I have heard many sentences like this. I always wonder, is this grammatically ...
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Can “so” and “very” be used together?

Is it correct to use so and very together in a single sentence? For example: You are so very funny. Is it grammatically correct or not?
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“New diagnosed” vs. “newly diagnosed” [closed]

Which one of the following is correct to use? New diagnosed cases. Newly diagnosed cases.
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Use of “ever” instead of “more and more” [closed]

I wonder if I can use "ever" in place of "more and more". For example, do the following two sentences have the same meaning? Software is getting more and more complex. Software is getting ...
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“Often” and “oftentimes”

Is there any difference between the two terms 'often' and 'oftentimes'? They seem to be used interchangeably but is one more appropriate in certain situations than others? Is 'oftentimes' an older ...
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What is the correct usage of 'formerly' as time adverb?

PLEASE NOTE: JDK6 [is|was] formerly known as Project Mustang In the previous sentence what is correct 'is' or 'was'? and why? While reading a bug report I found this sentence with 'is' and now I'm ...
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The use of “bad” vs the use of “badly.” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “I feel bad for you” versus “I feel badly for you” Which of the following is more grammatically correct? I feel bad for her. or I feel ...
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What is the adverb for 'seasoned'?

I am looking for a word that means the blend of maturely, beautifully, and correctly and has to be used the way some art is executed, for example: Just for the sheer beauty of it, without ...
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“Henceforth” vs. “hereinafter”

What is the most suitable way to express that a sentence/word will be "replaced by" another sentence/word, from that point (in a text, for instance)? Henceforth called/named... Hereinafter ...
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Which of these sentences use proper grammar?

Unfortunately, there currently is not a way to make it default to a lower resolution. Unfortunately, there is currently not a way to make it default to a lower resolution. Unfortunately, ...
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Adverb with or without hyphen?

Remarkably low condensation temperature or Remarkably-low condensation temperature? The focus of remarkable is that it is such a low temperature. We are having an office disagreement and any help ...
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Usage of the word “latest”

Raj has breakfast almost always before 7:45 AM. On rare occasions, he has after 7:45 AM, but never after 8:00 AM. So If he says "I always have my breakfast latest by 8:00 AM" to convey this fact, is ...
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Are 'effectually' and 'effectively' completely interchangable?

In the OED: effectively, (adverb)—in such a manner as to achieve a desired result: make sure that resources are used effectively. effectual, (adjective)—successful in producing ...
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What part of speech is “only” in “Fame lights a fuse that leads only to extinguishment”?

My impulse is that it's modifying the verb leads, and is thus an adverb; yet it seems that a case could also be made that it's exerting power on the phrase to extinguishment, a noun, which would make ...
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How far is the safari park from here?

Which is/are the correct and natural answer(s) to this question? It is ten miles far from here. It is ten miles far away from here. It is ten miles far away. It is ten miles away. ...
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“Instantly” vs “instantaneously” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Instant” vs. “instantaneous” I know there is a similar question already answered, but I still have doubts. I was doing a word formation FCE ...
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Moving the interrogative pro-adverb to the end of a question

I am not a native speaker of English. From what I learn, 'wh' questions in English should normally be like this: Why should we believe you? How did she participate in the massacre? However, ...
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“Definitely” vs. “absolutely”

What's the difference between absolutely and definitely? Actually which of the following sentences is correct? You are definitely right. You are absolutely right.
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“overly confident” vs “over confident”

I hear or read both phrases regularly, and they seem to have the same meaning to me. But do they have different meanings? Or is “overly confident” even grammatically correct?
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Using “subject to” with a verb other than “to be”

Is it possible to use subject to with a verb other than to be? for example: The self-image is subject to changes. (Obviously OK) Being bound to our self-image we react subject to behavior ...
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“Now I am” vs. “I am now”

Which is more correct? Now I am the main stakeholder... or I am now the main stakeholder... Do the intonations imply different meanings?
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Parse tree of “several more successful books”

Let us consider the following sentence: After that first attempt, she wrote several more successful books. Does this mean she wrote several additional books that were also successful? Or that ...
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“Appointed as” or just “appointed”?

Is it more correct to say a) John was appointed as manager of ACME. or b) John was appointed manager of ACME. Or are they interchangeable?
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Position of adverb “implicitly”

In the following sentence I'm not sure where to put implicitly: The language doesn't support Int and (implicitly) converts (implicitly) Int to Double (implicitly). First I put it at the end, ...
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Difference between “supposedly” and “supposably”

What is the difference between supposedly and supposably? Both are real words but seem to have confusingly similar definitions. Supposably: Capable of being supposed : conceivable ...
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Inversion in “only [adverb] have they”

I have seen this construction quite often: Online ads have been around since the dawn of the Web, but only in recent years have they become the rapturous life dream of Silicon Valley. What ...
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What is “context specific”?

In the following sentence: They neglected the fact that development necessarily is culture and context specific and that the specificity concerns the observer as well. What does it mean that ...
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“At least make this” vs “make this at least” - which is grammatical?

Which one of the following sentence is grammatically correct? Can we at least make this predictable? Can we make this at least predictable? What is the grammar rule?
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“Always” vs. “forever”

What is the difference between always and forever? Are they synonyms used in different contexts or can they be used interchangeably?
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“Simultaneously” vs “concurrently” [closed]

Coming from a technical background I'm slightly confused. What is the difference between simultaneously and concurrently? How do we use these words?
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“Publicly well known X” vs “public well known X”

How do you say it correctly? The publicly well-known project or The public well-known project
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What is the adverb here and the adjective?

(It's not actually homework, I am actually studying for a competitive exam.) The following sentences have been taken from Wren and Martin and I am providing their solutions for figuring out ...
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A word that describes a core feature involved?

I have made an application which is mostly programmed in PHP, but have also used some other languages. Now I want to describe that I have made a program that is "corely" programmed in PHP, but still ...
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Which version of this sentence with a linking adverb is grammatically acceptable?

I am unsure if the word "therefore" is called a linking adverb. I have the following sentences. Which version is grammatically acceptable? My preference, therefore, is to travel by train My ...
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Meaning of “over in”

I read this sentence in a book: I just took part in a study over in the Psychology Department. Why do we add over in front of in the here?
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“Already” at the beginning of a sentence

Is it considered good form to use the word already at the beginning of a sentence? For instance: Already in 1930, certain people were watching television in their homes. I have seen it used in ...
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'Yet' is to 'already' as what is to 'eventually'? Could 'never' do?

I don't know if my title serves well in expressing what I am actually trying to ask, so maybe an example will do better: I have done it already. <-> I have not done it yet. I waited ...
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What does “before” mean here?

Kim frequently exhibited her vast knowledge of baseball before complete strangers. Before is usually used to depict a time line, so this use is confusing for me.
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Difference between “presently” and “shortly”

What is the difference between presently and shortly? They seem to have rather similar meanings.
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Using short adjectives as adverbs, such as “easy” & “short”

I know that some adjectives (such as easy & short) can be used as adverbs in some situations, but when can this happen and what adjectives does this apply to? This definitely works: "He stopped ...
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“Increasingly XXX” or “increasingly more XXX”

Which is correct: increasingly XXX or increasingly more XXX, where XXX is an adjective? A colleague and I are disagreeing. I think the use of more is redundant.
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Adverb of “English” [closed]

Dictionary.com defines Englishly as in the manner or style of the English people. Is there an adverb for the word English in the sense of English language? Is there one word for saying in English?
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The correct use of the word “vicariously”

Is it correct English when someone says that they live vicariously through something? If I were to say “I live through the TV”, would I not be living vicariously? So therefore the word vicariously is ...
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What's the deal with “thank you kindly”?

Other questions on this site have established that kindly can be used as a sort of please. This usage was in my mind when someone said "Thank you kindly" to me, but "thank you please" doesn't make ...
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Is it 'what it looks like' or 'how it looks like'?

I live in a country where English is not the native language. Oftentimes I hear my coworkers say they want to know or determine "how it looks like". This is grammatically closer to our native ...