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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Alternative to “separately from”?

I want to say something like: The system stores the crazygonuts data separately from the data feed. I think this is wrong (maybe I am wrong in that), but I'm not sure exactly why. One ...
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Part of speech of “very,” “extremely,” “really,” and “quite”

While working on developing the lexicon in one of my constructed languages, I encountered a slight difficulty in using standard classifications for words like very, extremely, really, and quite. To ...
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Is this usage of 'curiously' correct?

I recently used a sentence similar to the following: Curiously, do you prefer black? Some people found it grammatically incorrect. That was a surprise, for I thought it was perfectly okay. ...
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“Sounds almost like” vs. “almost sounds like”

Which sentence structure is more accurate? ... that sounds almost like a command. ... that almost sounds like a command.
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“Remain a cool kid” vs. “remain as a cool kid”

Which of the following is grammatical? He wants to remain a cool kid for the rest of his life. He wants to remain as a cool kid for the rest of his life.
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Adverb to describe one's career?

I am writing a document where I need to describe a decision I'm making that is beneficial both to my finances and to furthering my career. I'm more partial to using two -ly adverbs to match the rhythm ...
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Difference between “less” and “lesser”? [closed]

These two seem very similar. What are the major differences between the two? For example, in the following sentence, Substitute the lesser punishment for the greater one. Can one use "less" ...
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How “Barely better-than-even-odd” success is better as compared with 50:50 success?

According to Washington Post’s Breaking News Alert (May 8), President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, in his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the daring May 1 ...
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Why is “hopefully” treated so mercilessly?

Is the word "hopefully" unjustly treated? We don't like the sentence: "Hopefully, my ship is just over the horizon and due in real soon now." But we don't mind saying: "Happily, the tree fell on ...
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Where should adverbs be placed?

There are two sentences: I completely understand. I understand completely. Which one is correct and why? Another example: I slowly opened the door. I opened the door slowly.
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What are the arguments behind the “literally”/“figuratively” usage divide? When should one use either word?

I remember reading, some time in grade school, that there was a controversy about proper usage of figuratively and literally when used to denote meaning of a word in its strictest sense — but ...
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Is “still” being used correctly in “I love you still”?

I've heard this sentence in a song ('Build me up buttercup'): When you say you will, but I love you still I'm used to seeing still in front of the verb or auxiliary verb as in "I still love ...
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“for about one year” or “for around one year”

Which of the following sentences is correct or better? I have been using this software for about one year. I have been using this software for around one year. Searching in Google gives 14 ...
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Which is correct here: “arbitrary” or “arbitrarily”?

Do you say "an arbitrarily small constant epsilon" or "an arbitrary small constant epsilon"? Or are both correct?
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Is “case-sensitively” a word?

A colleague just asked about comparing values "case sensitively". I see those words together on technical sites, but nowhere else. I myself see no problem with the phrase, though it sounds a bit ...
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What words typically collocate with “quite”?

The word quite is often confusing to non-native speakers. Can you give me a list of words that typically collocate with quite when the meaning is 'extreme'?
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What word can I say if I want to give approximate number?

What to say if I want to tell approximate number of something. What should I say? E.g. I have (around/ about/ some) 5 books. Is there a rule for number approximation?
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How do you differentiate “thru”, “threw”, “through”, and “thorough”?

How do I know which word to use in the correct context? How do I recognize these words when hearing them? Examples: Jimmy threw the ring at Emiko. Elvis walked through the door. ...
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What is meant by saying “X, not to say Y”?

When someone says "X, not to say Y", do they mean "X, but not Y" or do they mean "X, and even Y"? Normally I would assume it's the first, but I've seen a few examples where it seems ambiguous. Or ...
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Common usage of “namely”

I got an email today: Medical will be sending some people over to give a talk, namely Joe Foo and Bob Bar. I know the dictionary says namely means: adverb /ˈnāmlē/  That is to say; to be ...
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When should I use “parallel” over “parallelism”, and vice versa?

I am a bit confused about the words parallel and parallelism: When and where should one use which?
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What is the correct usage of “meanwhile”?

I see meanwhile a lot; I use it a lot; yet I'm not sure about the formal rules when it's applicable. Can anyone help me?
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Is there any other way you can “wax” as you do when you “wax philosophical”?

The wax in the phrase "wax philosophical" is a pretty strange bird. Its wax is obviously not the ordinary definition of wax, which my dictionary summarizes as an "oily, water-resistant substance", a ...
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“Almost until 1900” or “until almost 1900”: which one is correct?

Although various eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American poets had professed an interest in Native American poetry and had pretended to imitate Native American forms in their own works, it was ...
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When to use commas in a sentence that starts with “finally”, “additionally”, etc.?

If I have a sentence that starts with additionally, finally, consequently, etc. do I always have to put a comma after it? Or is there a different rule?
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“I'm home” or “I'm at home”

The second form looks more correct to me, but the first expression is present in several titles of movies and songs. Which form is preferable?
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“strongly” or “strong”?

Is strongly correct in the following, or should it be strong? ... and had a strongly Protestant and unionist identity. What is the explanation in grammar terms? Context.
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What is the correct positioning of “Please” in a sentence or indeed is there one?

Please can you help me with this question? Can you please help me with this question? Can you help me with this question please? Is there a correct place for please in this question or ...
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“I feel bad for you” versus “I feel badly for you”

What is the correct usage? Apparently it is "I feel badly", but but wouldn't that mean you have an inadequate ability to feel?
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What is correct in this case, “probable” or “probably”?

I usually don't have trouble distinguishing when I should use an adjective and when an adverb. But today I wrote a sentence, and wasn't sure — actually, the longer I looked at it, the longer both ...
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Using “seldomly”

I'm not a native English speaker. If at all possible I try to use spell checkers while writing anything on the web hence using one in Firefox as well. Whenever I try to write "seldomly" it highlights ...
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Verb form of “spontaneous human combustion”

In English there are plenty of examples of noun-verbs. What are the rules for making more complex compound noun structures into transitive verbs? In particular I would like explanations involving the ...
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The word ‘dryly’ as an adverb

What is the correct use of the word dryly in the following sentence? You said that very dryly. Is dryly correct in this context?
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Could “extraordinary few exceptions” be correct?

In his 1991 book, historian J.B. Russel writes: with extraordinary few exceptions no educated person ... believed that the earth was flat Should extraordinary be an adverb, or could this ...
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Why use 'way' in this sentence?

This question is way too vague Why not just: "This question is too vague"? What's the meaning of 'way' in this sentence?
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What does “an adverb tells us something about the sentence” mean?

Wikipedia states : In grammar an adverbial is a word (an adverb) or a group of words (an adverbial phrase or an adverbial clause) that modifies or tells us something about the sentence or the ...
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Adverbs for Dirty (Dirtily?)

It is common to simply use 'dirty' as the adverb here, ex: He talks dirty. Other resources say that the adverb is dirtily! I do not believe I've ever heard this used... is it correct?
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How should I use “passive-aggressive” as an adverb?

How should I use "passive-aggressive" as an adverb? My hunch is that this is correct: Jack passive-aggressively said nothing. What I consider incorrect: Jack passively-aggressively said ...
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Meaning of 'constantly' in 'everything is fluid, is constantly changing…'

Heraclitus: everything is and is not, for everything is fluid, is constantly changing, constantly coming into being and passing away. If 'constantly' means 'no stop in every little seconds' then ...
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I need <something> yesterday?

Is it correct to say: I need those reports, and I need them yesterday. Shouldn't it be: I needed those reports yesterday. Or is this aberrant usage style simply a colloquialism?
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Is “these are also hidden features as well” a redundant sentence?

These are also hidden features as well. Is this redundant? I do this a lot, where I say "also" followed by "as well".
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Did she judge him “wrong” or “wrongly”?

Which one is the correct use? She judged him wrong. She judged him wrongly. Or, are both correct, but have slightly different meanings?
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“A year ago” versus “a year back”

I recently came across an article printed in our school magazine, which read, "I studied that a year ago". But, doesn't "I studied that a year back" sound better? What's your say?
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Correct usage of “parallel” versus “in parallel” versus “parallelly”

I wish to know if any of the following sentences are incorrect: Using A and B parallel. Using A and B in parallel. Using A and B parallelly. Now I suspect most people are going to ...
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Auxiliary verb and adverb ordering

(I'm not really sure if the title is a correct definition of my problem at all) I'm not a native English speaker, and I'm used to say: Spaghetti suddenly can talk But I've seen a phrase from a ...
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Take -ing as adverb

I am a fan of Devil May Cry. In Devil May Cry 4, the highest rank for fighting is called smokin' sick style. Here, it seems that smokin' is used as an adverb. I guess it is derived from the usage ...
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What exactly does “already” mean when used in the imperative mood?

This is a question about American English usage of the word "already". As a UK resident I don't completely understand when I hear Americans give commands like "Stop it already!" In the UK the word ...
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What is “newbie” as an adverb?

The title says it all! What is newbie as an adverb?
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Which is more correct: well or good? within the context given: [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the difference between “good” and “well” "I work equally well as part of a team or as an independent researcher." or "I work equally ...
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“In toto” versus “in total”

Are the phrases "in total" and "in toto" interchangeable, or is "in total" a corruption of "in toto"?