I'm studying English compound word patterns and "easily-going" is mentioned as an example of a compound adjective formed by an ADVERB + PRESENT PARTICIPLE. But it sounds too odd to me. I've done a quick search on the Internet and couldn't find any information about that. Would someone be so kind to shed some light on this? Thank you.

  • The adverb construction is better with a past participle: easily made or easily done. An adjective is better with the present participle: hard-working and easy living. Feb 10, 2021 at 15:52
  • Please add the vital information of where you found this: a link and attribution. . CGEL, OED, or 'A School Grammar for the 1950s'? It makes a huge difference. And what do the respectable free online dictionaries (Lexico, CED, AHD, M-W, Collins, Macmillan ... Wiktionary?) say? Do they list it? basic research is necessary on ELU. Feb 10, 2021 at 16:01
  • @EdwinAshworth sorry for that. I don't know if this adjective is a self-invention of the anonymous author, or if it has been extracted from one of the sources cited as a bibliography at the end. The thing is I can't find it in dictionaries. This is the link to the text: oposinet.com/temario-de-ingles-secundaria/…
    – Arendar
    Feb 10, 2021 at 16:28
  • Please add which dictionaries you've found it isn't in to the question. And does it appear on Google? If so, are there many hits? Feb 10, 2021 at 17:18
  • I have voted to close as the OP has not provided an example of easily-going as a compound.
    – Greybeard
    Feb 10, 2021 at 20:24

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Easily going is not a common colocation, but shows up on Google NGram, e.g.:

“Look, you're a badass player, and this is easily going to be the best season we've ever had, so we owe you.” (John Goode) and other books.

Or did I miss the question?

  • OP asks about the validity of the compound easily-going as a variant of easy-going. The example you give is of the adverb easily used within '... this is going to be the best ...'. Feb 10, 2021 at 20:23

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