I've by chance learned the following sentence: Why does the idea of progress loom so large in the modern world? It confuses me a great deal,as I think that it should've been 'loom so largely'. Could you please tell me if the usage of 'verb + so + adjective' correct?

  • Your use of "large" as an adverb is okay. The adverb "largely" doesn't convey an adverbial meaning of "large" (as in "big" / "of great size"). Other examples of unsuffixed adverbs are "fast" (Don't drive so fast), "late" (Don't Arrive late) and "hard" (They tried hard)
    – BillJ
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:33
  • Now I see, really appreciate your help.
    – lby
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:44
  • This Q has been dealt with earlier. See previous posts about "-ly."
    – Kris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:56
  • Possible duplicate.
    – Kris
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 7:56

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One might think that phrases like "ran so hard" and "to live so free" were such examples, but a dictionary would categorize such usages as adverbs. For example,

free (adverb)

  1. in a free way: "The gate opened, and the animals ran free." Merriam Webster Learner's Dictionary

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