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 the phrase, bacterially sealed, correct usage [closed]

If one is referring to a connection between two metallic elements as being so tight that it excludes bacteria, would it be correct usage to say that the connection is bacterially sealed? It sounds ...
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“What” as an adverb

In "What does it matter?", the "what" is considered as not a pronoun but an adverb in most dictionaries. I'd like to see more example sentences where "what" is used as an adverb like this. But the ...
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Is it proper to combine prepositions using conjunctions?

I have come across the issue of wanting to use both two prepositions to describe a subject. This is not a common issue, judging by the lack of information regarding it. This is an example of the type ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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'Almost people' or 'Almost all people'? [closed]

My japanese students always insist on using 'almost people'. It doesn't sound correct to me but I can't seem to explain clearly. Please tell me if this phrase is really wrong or not. Thanks a lot!
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Why use 'way' in this sentence? [closed]

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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“That's great.” Is “great” here an adjective or an adverb? [closed]

"I cleared the exam." "That's great." Is 'great' used here considered an adjective or an adverb? An adjective defines a noun while an adverb is related to a verb. My belief is that here it refers ...
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Adverbs in noun phrase coordination

Consider the following example sentence: The ball often hit the tree and never the man. I am trying to represent this sentence as a constituency-based parse tree, but I am having a hard time ...
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“Stories are so much a part of our lives that many people seldom think about them.” : The use of 'so' and 'so much' as intensifiers

There are 176 hits in COCA for [be] so much a part of, including the title and: 1- It actually is so much a part of life. 2- Law is so much a part of me, I don't think I'll ever be able to let ...
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“At least” as focus adverb

There is at least one distributor interested. ("at least" means "a minimum of") At least there is one distributor interested. ("at least" means "fortunately, happily") Are the explanations correct? ...
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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object or adverb

I'd like to ask that in the sentence 'I go to him' , is 'him' direct object (or 'to him' is prepositional phrase functioning as adverb . I know that I go to the cinema , 'to the cinema' is adverb of ...
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Is “betterly” a word? [closed]

Consider the sentence: Sorry for the poorly worded sentence, I could not find a way to word it betterly. Does the word “betterly” exist? Can it be used in a sentence like that?
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Is “over” meaning “again” related to “over”'s other meanings?

In addition to the physical position meaning of "over" there are a number of nonphysical and temporal meanings in common usage, including "again". My own examples: I couldn't read your note. Write ...
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“Talk to you then then”

I am talking to a friend on the phone and the conversation is somewhat incomplete but we decide to hang up. Before hanging up, he says "I'll see you tomorrow". Would it be grammatical to reply, OK,...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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How do you call..? vs. What do you call…?

It seems an open-and-shut case, the correct version for asking the word of something in English is What do you call ... ? And yet the sheer number of second-language speakers of English who ask ...
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What does the adverb “yesterday” modifiy in a clause?

Not only yesterday, but other Time Adverbs as well. What do they "modify" in a clause? Example: The athletes ran yesterday
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Is there an adverbs replacement dictionary?

I'm practicing replacing adverbs with strong verbs. I read about few strategies that help replace adverbs. (E.g. this). I understand that a lot of it depends on the context. Adverbs can be removed, ...
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Should I use a hyphen after -ly when modifying a verb in the past participle verb?

Which of these are acceptable? Is one preferable over the other? "Chemically-deposited tourmaline is never periwinkle." "Chemically deposited tourmaline is never periwinkle." Also, is the title to ...
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How to analyse “Shot dead” [closed]

What kind of a term is 'shot dead'? "He was shot dead." Is 'dead' an adverb here? "He shot Sam dead." This is like a phrasal verb, but 'dead' isn't a preposition or particle. Is 'shot dead' some ...
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six points clear of Jack in fifth place

a. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack in fifth place. b. In the most recent rankings, Don sits six points clear of Jack, in fifth place. In the second sentence there is ...
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Subordinating Conjunctions and Conjunctive adverbs

Is there way to identify which words are Subordinating Conjunctions and which are Conjunctive adverbs, or do we need to memorize it? Both seems similar to me Subordinating Conjunctions: Although, ...
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Adverb or Adjective

What would be correct: Use an adverb to modify another adjective or simply an adjective in the following sentence? The technique generates unnecessary large number of classifiers The ...
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names for repetitive sequences [duplicate]

The words once, twice, thrice describe the number of repetitions in a series of such repetitions or possible repetitions. I have searched several authoritative dictionaries & thesauruses without ...
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Adverb at the end of a sentence

Is the "in them" in this sentence necessary? Globalization is an aggregation of international processes that benefit the countries that participate in them.
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Word for something 'done out of anger'? [closed]

Is there one word that suggests that something was 'done out of anger'? Usage similar to something done deliberately or intentionally, only including the motivation of anger.
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Is that “the most” or just “most” to be used for a superlative of an adverb?

I wonder whether to use the determinant "the" when it is to be used for superlative of an adverb as follows: (A) These neurons innervate most densely to layer 1. (B) These neurons innervate ...
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Should we always use a prepositional object after an intransitive verb?

I arrived at home. vs. I arrived home. "Arrive" is an intransitive verb and it needs a prepositional object, but 'home' is an adverb of place and I don't think any preposition can be used ...
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Is there a comparative form of “well”?

Is there a word that means "more well", in the same way that "better" means "more good"? In common parlance most people just use "better" for this purpose, but this sounds wrong and is a nagging ...
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What's the correct usage of “agree some days” vs. “agree on some days”?

"However, workers and employers can agree longer holidays". I have searched online. I also referred to two reference books : the blue book of grammar and grammar rules. I don't see a usage as of the ...
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different usage of the word “only”

What is the difference between the following sentences? Basically, I would like to understand how the meaning changes with the usage of only in each of them. He only speaks English. He speaks only ...
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Position of “still”

I wonder which once is correct: He might still be waiting for you. or He might be still waiting for you. Do they mean the same?
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Usage of “cowardly” and “coward”

I recently discovered that cowardly, which looks like an adverb, is actually also an adjective. So far so good. Then what is the difference between cowardly and coward, and is there any preferential ...
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Verbs used as infintives

I want to go home. We come to help him. He was the first guy in our crowd to marry. Why "to go" is use as a noun vs. "to help" is used as an adverb vs. "to marry" is used as an adjective?
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“Nowadays” vs “today”

I'm taking an English academic writing course. My teacher recommended using today as it is more accepted compared to nowadays. I asked her if this is accepted in American English (she's from US) or in ...
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What's a word for when you try to be something?

I don't mean it in a way where you're trying to be something that you're not, rather, where you're trying to be more of something that you already are (maybe not 100% of the time but you still have ...
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Adverb “already”

I have got a question about the adverb "already". Where should we put it in the sentence? Is "already" put after a subject and auxiliary verb but before predicate verb in the sentence? May we also put ...
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When do we use “rarely, hardly, seldom”?

I'd like to know when should we use "rarely" and "hardly" and "seldom". Can we use these adverbs in the same situation? Or do we need to follow some criteria for using those different adverbs?
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Anyone and everyone - correct usage?

I'm just wondering whether both sentences would be correct: I look into the eyes of anyone who looks at me. I look into the eyes of everyone who looks at me. Would it be correct to ...
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Can you say “reasonably technically possible”?

I am translating an agreement into English. Can you say "destroy confidential information to the extent reasonably technically possible"? It may be difficult to destroy ALL back-up copies of digital ...
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“He acted strange(ly?)”

It would make sense if both of these sentences were grammatically correct; but is anything different between them meaning-wise? He acted very strange when I told him about the missing amulet. ...
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Can “yet” modify adjective? [closed]

I think it can, but I am not sure. For example: He's the lord in the yet functioning duchy of [duchyName] (I am trying to imply that while the duchy is still present, it may crumble in the ...
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Alternative phrase to “highly paid job”

James: I make 10000 USD a month. Alice: Wow, you have a highly paid job. Is the phrase “highly paid job” correct? I think yes, but also wish to ask the native speakers here. I assume that “high ...
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Collocation 'bolt upright'

What part of speech is the word 'bolt' in the adverb 'bolt upright'?
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Using too many 'to's in a sentence?

This may be more of a stylistic question than anything else, but I'm hoping for some general rules about using the word 'to' in a sentence and when it might be used too many times. For example, I'm ...
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Can we reduce this adverb clause? “In winter, the Magdalen Islands are almost as isolated as when they were first discovered by Cartier.”

Can we change it to "...as when first discovered by Cartier"? Is " when they were first discovered by Cartier" an adverb clause? Or does the adverb clause start with "as isolated as..."? Is either ...
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Need a comma before an adverb as last word in sentence?

When an adverb is the last word in a sentence, is it preferable to insert a comma before that word or to leave it as is (with no comma)? For example: How many employees, roughly? or How many ...
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Three Consecutive Verbs?

Let's say you're in an interview and the interviewer leans forward and says: "I want to get to know you better." In this context, which is the verb? My initial reaction is: Want - auxiliary verb To ...
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'Well' after: How to use 'well after' in a sentence? [closed]

She waited till well after midnight. What does well after signify here? There are 51 definitions of well at the Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is not immediately obvious which one applies here. ...