3

Let's put it simply: If the central government wanted to "eliminate" the Dalai Lama, why has it waited for such a long time? Isn't it foolish to take action against Dalai at such an old age?

I read this in Global Times. I gave a second thought on the usage of put it simply here and suspect that put it simple would be a better choice. Am I right?

Edit: I have seen put it simple and simply put more often, which is why I asked here.

  • 3
    No. Simply is an adverb whereas simple is an adjective. The "simply" is modifying "put" – simchona May 15 '12 at 2:26
4

As simchona says, simply is an adverb modifying the verb so "put it simply" is correct.

  • 3
    It is possible that the OP is extrapolating from the similar, and correct, expression: "Let's make it simple." – Shoe May 15 '12 at 10:08

protected by NVZ Jan 4 '17 at 17:21

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site (the association bonus does not count).

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.