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Recently, I've read IELTS essay from British teacher about this:

UK residents spent a significantly larger percentage of their household budgets on leisure than their New Zealand counterparts.

It is quite strange for me to see this structure: a/an + adv + adj + noun. Normally, I see the structure like: a/an + adj + adj + noun.

Could you please help me to explain this?

Thank you so much!

  • From my 5th grade Grammar school teacher..." An adverb modifies a verb, an adjective, or another adverb." The indefinite article pertains to the object noun. – Cascabel Sep 25 at 21:26
  • The quickly boiling water. The gently blowing breeze. A profoundly wise decision. It's very common to see the pattern you think is strange. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Sep 26 at 5:52
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Would you find the following strange: "UK residents spent a much larger percentage of their household budgets on leisure than their New Zealand counterparts."?

I'm guessing you wouldn't; but "much" (in this context) is an adverb, just like "significantly."

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