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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Can I delete the relative adverb “where” anytime?

Can I say, "You can stand in the house Romeo and Juliet fell in love." In this case, relative adverb 'where' was deleted. But I think there should be "in" at the end of the sentence. Am I right? Can ...
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“Can easily be” vs. “can be easily” — what's the difference?

I'm wondering what the difference is between: It can easily be obtained. It can be easily obtained. Also, what's the preferred way to write it? If there is any... I googled for both ...
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Why is “till” used in this expression: “If we don't leave till after lunch…”?

If we don't leave till after lunch we'll be cutting it very fine. I understand it to mean: "If we don't leave after lunch, we'll be cutting it very fine." (In the event of our not leaving ...
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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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What is the difference between “maybe” and “may be”?

What is the difference in meaning and usage between maybe and may be? Are they synonymous?
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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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Proper placement of “exactly”?

I want to ask a question whose meaning is "what is the exact way in which X works?". Where is the most appropriate place for the adverb "exactly"? How exactly does X work? How does exactly X work? ...
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“Consequently” versus “consequentially”

What is the difference between consequently and consequentially? My usage being what it is, and also according to the dictionary sample sentences I've found so far (thank you for the helpful comment ...
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Why is the word “how” considered an adverb, even if the answer is an adjective?

Consider this question and its related answer: Question: How was the pizza? Answer: It was delicious. The question is asking how, which is defined in every dictionary as an ...
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Is it common to use “totally” in such a way as “Michelle Obama’ s totally running in California.” [duplicate]

Vanity Fair magazine (October 23 issue) carried an article titled, “A brief history of Michelle Obama career-goal rumors,” and wrote as follows under the caption, “She’s totally running in ...
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Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?

Pretentiousness/archaism aside, does the sentence Any changes that were made have been detailed hence. make sense? The context would be that the descriptions of changes would be found in the ...
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Discerning between as and so?

I would appreciate it, if someone readily explain the difference between these. As, I yet to get what the first one means precisely, I had to broach such a discussion. UPDATED: The world was created ...
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Do certain contrasting conjunctions + certain contrasting adverbs = redundancy?

For example, would the following sentence with either ‘rather’ or ‘instead’ included in the middle (or, for that matter, with ‘instead’ alone at the end) be redundant. If a redundancy, would it rise ...
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Is “anecdotally” a proper adverb?

And if yes, is it common or rather odd? Example sentence: Anecdotally, we do see instances of customers buying both our products at the same store. The Chrome spellchecker doesn't seem to ...
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Adverb of frequency + connection adverb

When I normally use "perhaps" (or "maybe") and want to emphasize it, I put it the beginning of the sentence. Perhaps a better approach is to save the status of the button and restore it. Now, I ...
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When and how did “pretty” enter English as an intensifying adverb?

Today I saw an idiomatic road sign: "Pretty Muddy". I found this lack of strict English on a road sign unusual (on par with my "Dead Slow" official speed limit sign in Leeds, pic below), but as it ...
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Inversion with “many times” at the beginning of a sentence

I am having a discussion with my friend. I said, "Many times I have seen him washing his car." He says it should be, "Many times have I seen him washing his car. Much like "Often do I see him", and ...
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Can I write “this closely”? [closed]

Did I use the adverb correctly in the following sentence? Marriage is one of almost global human institutions, and no institution has affected human beings this closely. Is it correct to use ...
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Adverb equivalent of Wirelessly for wired

It does not matter whether you connect wirelessly or by wires. While this seems to sufficiently convey my intent, I find myself personally hesitating anytime I speak or type it, as it feels ...
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Is there a difference between “good” and “well” when they are connected to subject via linking verb? [duplicate]

John is feeling well. John is feeling good. "well" is an adverb and "good" is an adjective. Is #2 grammatically correct at all or is it ok to construct Subject + Linking Verb + Adjective ...
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Where should I place the adverb?

Where should I place the adverb? Potentially, it could be moved back to where it was. It could be potentially moved back to where it was. It could potentially be moved back to where it was. ...
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Is it OK to say “most likely want to buy”, “secondly likely…” and “thirdly likely…”? [closed]

Suppose there are 3 paintings for sale in a gallery, all at the same price, and you have examined them thoroughly. You say: I most likely want to buy the first one, and secondly likely want to ...
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How to use analogue? What are its adjectival and adverbial forms? [duplicate]

Can we, for example, define good analogously?" Is there an analogue definition of good? I'm using the word good as an example; the word could just as easily be virtuous, intelligent, evil, bad, and ...
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Grammaticality of “What is there there?”

If someone says I am going to the market I may ask What is there at the market? If someone says I am going to the bookstore I may ask What is there at the bookstore? If someone ...
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Adverb clause: his delight evident

I recently have come across a clause, his delight evident, reading a novel. Which I have found tricky to understand. I have been able to get to the meaning yet not to the structure it possesses. Here ...
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“I actually might have to X” vs. “I might actually have to X” vs. “I might have to actually X”

Even if there are four fan headers on the motherboard my computer case accommodates six fans (3x140mm, 3x120mm) so I actually might have to purchase an external fan hub. Where should I put the ...
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Is “majorily” a word? [closed]

For years I have been using "majorily" in a sentence to identify the majority class. For example: "The balloons were majorily red, with a few blue balloons scattered about." or "When it comes to fish; ...
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Is there a word to describe being mentally fatigued?

"I'm tired" or "I'm exhausted" usually convey physical fatigue (or are ambiguous between physical and mental fatigue). What I'm looking for is an efficient way of conveying mental fatigue.
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the difference between “really” and “very”

Is the statement below true about the difference between really and very when really means “very” in the example “It’s very/really hot in the summer”? “Really” shows more involvement, even ...
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Placement of adverb relative to verb [duplicate]

What is the preferred choice below? A) "The order was unexpectedly cancelled." B) "The order was cancelled unexpectedly." I am guessing "cancelled" is a verb and "unexpectedly" is an adverb. ...
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Why Is “You did well.” Even Grammatically Correct (American English)?

One of the classic battles prescriptive grammarians fight is that "You did good." is grammatically wrong, while "You did well." is correct. The justification for this is that "well" is a legitimate ...
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Is there a word for overly friendly speech from someone who insults you behind your back?

Is there a verb or adverb to describe the overly friendly speech or tone of someone who has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know?
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position of “only”

Which sentence is correct? (A) Mosquito larvae can only be seen through a microscope. (B) Mosquito larvae can be only seen through a microscope. (C) Mosquito larvae can be seen only through ...
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The day started off incredibly terribly?

Is it grammatically correct to say: The day started off incredibly terribly. My reasoning is that it is, since this is correct: The day started off terribly. The manner in which the day ...
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“put your coat on” and “put on your coat” but not “depend on someone” and “depend someone on*”

Why can you say "put on your coat" and "put your coat on" but not "depend on someone" and "depend someone on*"? Why are adverbs ("on" in the first sentence) mobile, whereas prepositions ("on" in the ...
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Is “best” an adverb?

In the sentence below, is best an adverb? If so, what does it modify, left or are? We’re best left alone.
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A Question on Parallelism

Sample sentence: "With three days remaining in the term, Mitzy started doing research, creating an outline, and wrote a rough draft." In this case, is "doing" a verb in parallel with "creating" but ...
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You are in Jonathan’s circles: “too” or “as well” or “also”?

I just read on Google+ that: You are in Jonathan’s circles too But I always thought that you couldn't use too there. Am I wrong? (because Google can't be wrong, right?)
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Difference between: Also, too and as well [duplicate]

I understand that the correct usage of also is with a verb: She was smart, she also studied so much. However, my trouble is with too and as well, I have been reading and I just found that as ...
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Adverb for 'within a short timeframe'

Please come by the Secretary's Office so we can solve your problem [on the spot]. What I want to say instead of the placeholder is that as soon as the person comes to the office (be it today or ...
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“Each” — pronoun or adverb

I am looking at these two sentences: M and W are letters that each have 4 strokes. M and W are letters and each has 4 strokes. It seems that each is an adverb in (1) but a pronoun in ...
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Is 'lightning' here a noun or an adjective or even an adverb?

Oxford Dictionaries has this example under ADJECTIVE 'lightning': (1) Roman is lightning quick and improving every day in practice, and Bean showed playmaking ability in the preseason. The ...
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Why do many professional writers hate adverbs, and what should be used in their place?

In response to the death of Elmore Leonard the New York Times has posted a list of writing tips he composed back in 2001. Among them is the following: To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) ...
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Is this a correct English sentence: “I'm not quite well enough ready yet.”

I was talking to someone recently and blurted out as I had to move on to another task "I am not quite well enough ready yet" which sparked a discussion about if that was correct English. Although I'll ...
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Double Adverb Use e.g. *equally shockingly* [closed]

Yesterday, my biology instructor said (I'm paraphrasing here): "Shockingly, this cell does blah blah blah, and equally shockingly, the cell blah blah blah." Is this proper grammar (I speak American ...
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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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Are the words “sillily”, “uglily”, “friendlily”, “livelily”, etc., valid English?

I have wondered about how to make the words silly, ugly, friendly, lively, etc. into adverbs, so I researched in the Internet. I found many different answers, so I tried checking Oxford Dictionaries. ...
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“I kindly ask to” vs “I ask to kindly”

Let's take the following two sentences as examples: I kindly ask you to send the letter to your boss. I ask you to kindly send the letter to your boss. It would be kind of you to send the letter to ...
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Is there an -ically suffixed word to describe a duration?

We know about chronologically to describe order by time, but is there a word to describe duration? I want to say something like "school is x-ically taxing", as in, school is heavily taxing on an ...
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Does the adverb “quitely” exist?

I was surprised not to find the adverb "quitely" in my dictionary whereas I am pretty sure that I saw it several times. Does it exist or is it a (common?) mistake?