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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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...
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Does an adverb for “genre” exist?

I ran into a gap in my diction recently. Does an adverb for genre exist? I'm trying to say the following but with adverb form: The two songs differed by genre. However, this doesn't seem quite ...
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How to identify an adverbial clause

I find it difficult to identify an adverbial clause in the following sentence: Saturday is the day when I get my hair done. Is the clause "when I get my hair done" adverbial?.
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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Which one is correct “et al.’s” or “et al.”?

I want to use the possessive noun form with et al. as in et al.'s versus et al.
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Are the rules regarding absolute modifiers too absolute?

A common grammar lesson that was taught to me in the US and that I've had to teach abroad in EFL classrooms is that we're not to use adverbs of emphasis with absolute modifiers, just as we're not ...
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use of “due to” or “becasue of” with modal verbs

I understand the simple distinction between "due to" ("adjectival") and "because of" (adverbial), but I get a little confused when the sentence includes modal or complex verbs. For example, could one ...
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Can an adverb be a noun at the same time?

In this sentence: Ben and Jen went home. Is home both an adverb and a noun?
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Which adverb implies supreme confidence, falling just shy of arrogance?

When he participated in debates and round table discussions, Christopher Hitchens spoke with supreme confidence. I'd like to replace with supreme confidence with an adverb that implies supreme ...
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“so much…” or “such…” discrepancy

I have the sentence: "They begin to recognize why so much discrepancy and confusion persists within this subject " My question is: should it be "so much" or "such"? Would I need to do something ...
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Ending a sentence in the past tense with 'soon'

I was marking some exams for my Japanese high school students, and one of the test problems is: Arrange the following words into a sentence: walk / started / they / soon / to Without fail, all ~...
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How do you know if a derivative word is actually an English word? [duplicate]

For example, "recidivistic" can be found in Merriam-Webster as an adjective derivative of recidivist. How do I know if "recidivistically" is adverb form of "recidivistic"? It is not listed in Merriam-...
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When should we use an adjective instead of an adverb after verbs(main verb)?

Here's the SAT sentence that raised my curiosity: Strong wind, sweeping almost unchecked over great distances, is a prime component of the grassland climate. Although I know the sentence above ...
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Is “out” a preposition or an adverb in these sentences?

Is out a preposition or an adverb in these sentences? "We need to get the hell out of this place." "We need to get out and leave this place."
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Where to place 'only' relative to prepositions?

I know that questions about the placement of 'only', are often asked here; accordingly, I searched for an answer to my question before posting it. Question Where are focusing adverbs placed relative ...
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“Thus” vs. “Thusly”

I read an article that used "thusly" and was wondering if there is any grammatical credence to it. The quote: The issue started when Sokolowski quickly ran out of storage capacity in his 32GB ...
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Is “more quickly” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Can you use "more quickly" in the following context? I can move more quickly than she can.
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Is “more importantly” good English?

I was taught in school in the UK that it was either "more important" or "importantly," never "more importantly." We say "interestingly" or "more interesting," not "more interestingly". Is "more ...
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Can “proper” be used proper as an adverb? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I hope I thanked you proper! I hope I thanked you properly!
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Difference between 'such as' and 'like'

This one never ceases to confuse me. When to use 'such as' and when to use 'like' while giving examples? Is there any clear rule? Metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Karachi are unsafe after dark. ...
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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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Word that means “general preference to flee from/avoid commotion/attention”

Something that doesn't necessarily embody fear but cautiousness. Contextually, this could relate to social environments. A desire to remain in tranquil environments. A general preference of calm ...
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Is there an adjectival or adverbial form of “legacy”?

For example: This process orders entries in a <word-ic> way     (adjective) This process orders entries <word-ically>     (adverb) My first thought was ...
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How does adverb placement affect the meaning of a sentence?

I want to correct the following sentence so that it is grammatically correct and still conveys the original meaning: Many alcoholics attempt to conceal their problem from their fellow workers, but ...
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What to make of the following sentences that begin with why, when, where, or how? [duplicate]

Why you put yourself in this predicament is beyond me. When you leave for work is of your concern. Where we spend the night depends on the weather. How you finish the project is unimportant. ...
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“Would rather [infinitive1] than [infinitive2]” vs. “would rather that [subjunctive]”"

I am aware of sentences like Beth would rather study at the library than go to parties. There is another type of using rather that: She would rather that the plane leave early in the ...
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Adverb of manner and participle in subjective participle construction

Why is an adverb of manner placed before participle in the sentence "We watched the temperature gradually rising"? I know that if the verb is transitive, then the adverb of manner can be placed ...
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Looking for a non -ly word to use instead of certainly

I'm writing a seminar on a book as a school assignment, and I need a word to replace "certainly", as in "this is certainly true", because I want to avoid using words that end in -ly.
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What does bi-weekly mean? [duplicate]

I was confused while looking for the meaning of bi-weekly. Is it twice per week or once per two weeks?
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“Deliberately” vs. “intentionally” vs. “on purpose”

I wonder if there is any difference between usage of these three: deliberately intentionally on purpose Are they completely interchangeable? Are they at the same level of formality? I found some ...
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Difference(s) between Especially and Specially [duplicate]

I have really hard time to figure out when to use Specially and when to use Especially. Since both are adverbs, that makes it even harder. Can anyone simply give a way to distinguish between these two ...
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Are proper adverbs falling out of usage in current spoken American English?

While watching American movies and TV series, I notice that in dialogue very often the usage of a proper adverb is replaced by the corresponding adjective (in the case where the adverb is formed by ...
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About the usage of an adverb “at all”

I found this phrase from a book I am reading now. "Tommy did not seem at all dejected." It sounded unnatural to me. And why not something like "Tommy did not seem dejected at all." I feel like more ...
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“I have been keeping ignoring you.”

Does this make any sense? I have been keeping ignoring you. Besides that it sounds awkward, my Chinese buddy who knows more grammar rules than I care to list said that the phrase is ...
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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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What “degrees” of consideration are there? [closed]

I am seriously considering taking English lessons Are there other degrees of consideration that are a little less serious?
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Very much? What?

In this sentence: The air force and navy were modernized but the army, very much the poor relation, was not. The "very much" used here seems to be different from the "very much" of "thank you ...
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'such as something' vs. 'such something as'

The original one: 1. From the view point of outstanding teachers such as John... From the view point of such outstanding teachers as John ... From the view point of outstanding teachers such John as....
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Adverbial form of “pixel”?

I know that the verbal and verbal-noun forms of pixel are pixelate and pixelation, respectively, but what is/are the adverbial form(s) of the term? I looked on the OED, ODO, Merriam-Webster Online, ...
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What should I use between “triple” vs. “all”?

If I have 2 pens and I want to say all of them are green, I can say "Both of them are green" but if I have 3 pens should I use "Triple of them are green" or "All of them are green"?
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How can you use Fuzzily in a sentence? [closed]

I typed fuzzily in a spell-checked field on a website and was surprised to see it said it was correct. I looked it up on Merriam-Webster, and sure enough they list it as a word: fuzz·i·ly \ˈfə-zə-...
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“Above”/“below” before/after a noun

I have seen sentences similar to the following: (1) See the reference above. (2) See the reference below. And, (3) See the above reference. But not, (4) See the below reference. ...
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Modern words for “contrariwise”

Does contrariwise sound old-fashioned? As in Alice in Wonderland: ‘Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be.’ What are the modern words for contrariwise?
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the order of several adverbs of time

When I'm given several adverbs of time how do I arrange them? For example, I need to insert these adverbs: in the morning / that Thursday / March 22, 2013 into this sentence: A tornado had ...
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Get hold of, get ahold of, get a hold of

Under what circumstances would you prefer one of the following over the other two? Get hold of Get ahold of Get a hold of
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Is it appropriate to say “I've never been” when referring to a place, omitting the adverb “there” from the phrase?

I have been hearing the phrase "I've never been" with increasing frequency lately when referring to places (i.e., "I'd like to go to the Apollo. I've never been" as opposed to "I've never been there")....
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Which is correct: “drive safe” or “drive safely”?

When someone is going to drive their car somewhere, I always used to say "drive safely" to them. Recently I was told I should say "drive safe." (From: Would you ask someone to drive safe or to ...
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How to use 'even so'?

We were staying at the most expensive hotel in town. But, even so, there were no toilet rolls in the washroom. I was struck by the use of 'even so' in the above sentence. Is it correct? Shouldn't it ...
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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 ...