I have an English worksheet where I am supposed to use the word "party" as an adverb.

"I went partying" - Is this correct? (It answers the question, "where did I go ?") I couldn't think of anything else...

Is the word "partying" used here a noun or an adverb of place?

My understanding is that if a verb is followed by a preposition and then a 'place', the 'place' is a noun. (For example: I went to the party. Here 'party' is a noun.) Is my understanding correct?

  • what has your research of 'partying' revealed
    – lbf
    Mar 12, 2018 at 11:53
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    Are you sure the word wasn’t partly? Even ODO doesn’t list party as an adverb.
    – Lawrence
    Mar 12, 2018 at 13:08
  • No... It's party. Mar 12, 2018 at 13:14
  • We are asked to use it as a noun, verb and adverb. I figured out the noun and verb parts... Just the adverb part is confusing.... Mar 12, 2018 at 13:16
  • @lbf - " dictionary.com/browse/partying " defines partying as a verb used without object: to go to or give parties, especially a series of parties (or) to enjoy oneself thoroughly and without restraint; indulge in pleasure. But I don't think I meant to use it in the form of a verb. Or have I? Mar 12, 2018 at 13:22

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As you realized in the comments, your sentence uses the word as a verb.

I think the worksheet has an error (they probably meant "adjective", as in "a party leader"). Or it could just be poorly designed.

As a native speaker, I've never heard "party" used as an adverb, nor do I know of any derivatives of "party" that are adverbs. This is backed up by every regular English dictionary that I checked.

The one dictionary that does list it as an adverb is the Oxford English Dictionary (because it's a historical dictionary and contains some very rare words).

Although it's almost certainly not what the worksheet is looking for, there is one definition in the OED for "party" as an adverb (it just means "partly"), which is marked as "Now rare (only in Heraldry)". I found an example on Wikipedia:

Common partitions of the field are:

  • parted (or partyper fess (halved horizontally)
  • party per pale (halved vertically)
  • party per bend (diagonally from upper left to lower right)
  • party per bend sinister (diagonally from upper right to lower left)
  • party per saltire (diagonally both ways)
  • party per cross or quarterly (divided into four quarters)
  • party per chevron (after the manner of a chevron)
  • party per pall (divided into three parts in a Y shape)

I agree with others that using "party" as an adverb is unusual, but it's not impossible:

I fancy going clubbing this weekend, but I've got to go to my cousin's wedding. So instead of going nightclub dancing I'll be party dancing instead.

Of course this only works for people who dance differently in nightclubs and at parties...

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    That usage sounds to me more like a noun-modifier, which is either a noun used as an adjective, or a noun turned into an adjective; in either case not very adverbial.
    – Mitch
    Mar 12, 2018 at 15:40

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