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.

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    No. Simply is an adverb whereas simple is an adjective. The "simply" is modifying "put"
    – user10893
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 2:26

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

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    It is possible that the OP is extrapolating from the similar, and correct, expression: "Let's make it simple."
    – Shoe
    Commented May 15, 2012 at 10:08

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