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I'd like to know whether the phrase "in favor" can be used adverbially, e.g. They all voted in favor.

  • Your question is not clear. If you meant can they all voted in favor be used without of [something], then I believe the answer is no. – michael.hor257k Oct 6 '18 at 22:32
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    @michael.hor257k It can be used like that if the context is clear. For instance: "The committee were asked to accept the minutes of the previous meeting. They all voted in favour." – BoldBen Oct 7 '18 at 5:41
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    @BoldBen It doesn't sound right to me - and the dictionaries seem to support me on this. OTOH, all those in favor can be used on its own. – michael.hor257k Oct 7 '18 at 5:59
  • @michael.hor257k It's a common elidation, the words "of it" are omitted frequently. As it's an elidation, of course, the omitted words are implied so it's not, actually, a full sentence any more that "Look out!" is a full sentence. I wonder if it's more common in the UK. – BoldBen Oct 7 '18 at 10:19
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Yes. This is a common and natural usage. A quick google for “voted in favour” returns many such examples.

For example, here’s a Wikipedia article with that usage in the title: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Causes_of_the_vote_in_favour_of_Brexit

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