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I know how the words are used and which to use based on whether it sounds right or not, as well as that -y is used for adjectives and -ly is used for adverbs but what I'm asking is what's the meaning?

If I remember correctly -y means "with", so in the case I used it'd be "with ease". And -ly... I'm not quite sure.

  • Well, you couldn't do something "shakily" if it wasn't possible for something to be "shaky". – Hot Licks Sep 30 '17 at 2:20
  • Many adverbs end in -ly, but there isn't a hard and fast rule. For instance, 'comely' and 'shapely' are both adjectives. – Kate Bunting Sep 30 '17 at 15:03

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