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Questions tagged [adverbs]

An adverb is a word that modifies an adjective, adverb, preposition, phrase, or sentence, expressing some relation of place, time, circumstance, causality, manner, or degree.

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Can we use hearty as an adverb?

In the movie '300', the protagonist King Leonidas has a famous dialogue. Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty, for tonight, we dine in hell! Here, I wanted to know if the usage of ...
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An adverb for when you're not exaggerating

I want to say, Your situation is, without exaggerating, more severe than mine. However, I want to replace "without exaggerating" with an adverb. Something like "undoubtedly". Now I know the ...
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Use of an adjective instead of adverb with gerund?

I keep hearing on the BBC channel their self-commercial that goes like "We are the leaders in global breaking news". Folks, could anybody kindly explain to me how come that structure is grammatically ...
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placement of still in future perfect continuous

Does it matter where we put still: "I will still have been working at the shop." or "I will have still been working at the shop." Thanks! The example isn't the best but the grammar in ...
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Inside / within the European Union?

"The European Union is the world's largest economy and ______ the EU the UK rank second" Which world should I use ? Thank you
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Can an adjective clause modify an adverb clause?

I have read this sentence and got slightly confused. When my mother, who was only 18 when she had me, told me I should wait until I got older to marry Lucy, I knew she was really happy I met the ...
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Is the phrase “come fast” a grammatically correct imperative? [closed]

Is the following sentence grammatically correct as a command? "Come fast." I believe this would be a correct alternative: "Come quick."
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Is this toilet sign correct usage of the English language?

Our company has signs at the toilet that read Please leave the toilet properly Is that correct? My intuition would be that "properly" as an adverb would reference the action "leave" and not the ...
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Difference between adverb and adverbial adjunct

He arrived today. He arrived. Could we call adverb today as an adverbial adjunct because it still complete the meaning of sentence without it?
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Is it “he talked bad about you” or “he talked badly about you”?

I do not know what word I should use, "badly" or "bad". i thought about using badly because there is a verb but I searched on the web and the results that came up said bad. Is it "he talked bad ...
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Use of “in” vs. “During”

Which is more correct to use here? During or in? A PhD and MA holder are having a disagreement. During 1966, the program expanded to Gulkana and Wolverine glaciers in Alaska (Meier and others, 1971)...
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Does “This day onward” include the day mentioned?

If i say "He is currently in ABC project, From 15th onward he will be working in XYZ project" Does that mean he will be working on ABC on 15th as well and start with XYZ on 16th morning? Or He will ...
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Can an adverb clause modify an infinitive?

The title is pretty self explanatory, in the sentence: It is difficult to travel through the huge expanse of parched sands in the Sahara Desert, where oases are plentiful but distant from each other....
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How would pretty be classified in this sentence [duplicate]

The sentence is "You look pretty tonight". I believe that pretty would be an adjective as it's referring to "You". However in the sentence "You look pretty gorgeous tonight" I believe that pretty ...
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“To read this book later” and “To later read this book” - the difference

There is a dialog between two persons, and they are discussing some book owned by third person. There are 2 versions of phrase: To read this book later -- ask John. To later read this book -- ask ...
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What's happening in this sentence using “far away”?

"David and Emma live far away in the mountains." What grammatical role do the words "far" and "away" have in that sentence? I realize that "far away" must be an adverbial, that can be both a ...
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“first time” as an adverb meaning “for the first time”

Can first time be used as an adverb meaning "for the first time", e.g. when I met him first time (Confession Tapes, third episode, 02:40)
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Beat bad vs beat badly [duplicate]

Is it correct to say that the use badly is only used when there is a negative conjugation? For example. When you beat someone at a game. Would you say you beat a person bad or badly? Because isn't ...
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Learning to end sentences with “hence”. Examples?

I dabble in creative writing here and there. Wordsmiths like Tolkien and Lovecraft are a pleasure to read for their sheer skill in sentence structure and plethora of words. I'm now attempting to ...
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Where should “efficiently” go? “…to use ___ the money we collected ___.”

I need to answer a business-related e-mail. Which one is correct grammatically? We request your approval to use efficiently the money we collected. We request your approval to use the money we ...
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Hello, which one is correct grammatically? [closed]

Please share your offers with me to evaluate. Please share your offers to evaluate with me. Please share with me to evaluate your offers.
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Specially vs especially

Which is the correct word for this sentence? There is one quality every swimmer should have: perseverance, specially for beginners who experience difficulties. There is one quality every swimmer ...
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Use of “here” in the middle or at the end of the sentence

I have two sentences, and the location of here bothers me. Could you help me figure out whether it's possible to use both of them or only one sentence is correct? The object here is the chair. The ...
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Graded/ungraded adjectives and grading/non-grading adverbs

I saw in the Farlex Grammar Book an explanation of gradable adjectives and graded adverbs. It lists the following words as examples of each category: Gradable adjectives small cold hot difficult sad ...
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Annual is to yearly as _____ is to monthly

A more formal word for yearly would be annual. I pay my school loans annually I pay my rent check monthly or _____. What is the “annual” version for “monthly’?
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around: adverb or preposition [closed]

He couldn't even enjoy the school holidays and spent his time moping around the house. Is the word "around" in the above sentence used as a preposition or as an adverb? I think it is used as a ...
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Adverb fascinated (deeply or extremely) [closed]

I am currently working on my essay and I am not too sure whether deeply or extremely fascinated is correct. It would be nice if somebody explained this to me because I think these two adverbs sound ...
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Please put the cup there. Is “Please” an adverb in this sentence [duplicate]

As per my understanding there is adverb in above sentence, but my English teacher is saying Please is the adverb in this sentence. If Please is the actual adverb in the sentence then what there will ...
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What should I use here, fit or suit? [closed]

I have a sentence and two options which can be used here, what it the right one and why? Thank you! «Heidi used to be in the girlband Atomic Kitten but she left because she never quite ________ in» ...
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Alternative to “immediately” given its positive and negative connotations

What's a better way of saying "I'm willing to sign a confidentiality agreement immediately" that conveys that my willingness to sign an agreement immediately is for their benefit but doesn't sound ...
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How to tell which word a prepositional phrase is modifying?

Often it is obvious what word is being modified by a prepositional phrase, but sometimes it isn't. When it's not immediately clear, I often ask myself questions like: Does this phrase answer "where ...
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Difference between Meanwhile and While and also, please find attached below the text. I am confused with this sentence [closed]

_________the Confederations World Cup (a warm up tournament for 2014 football World Cup) went on, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, ...
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Use of “the same”

Thank you for sparing your time to watch this one. I'm having a problem with this sentence - "I see the same through your glasses as I do through mine" here "the same" seems to have been used as an ...
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Is there an adverb for 'customised' or 'bespoke'

I am trying to convey the idea that something is done in a customised way but all I found was customarily (link to Merriam-Webster definition) which stems from customary so it's not what I need. Is ...
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How do you derive an adverb from “difficult”?

Consider this sentence: The solution to this question should no more difficult be obtained than that to the other question. Is this sentence grammatical? Is difficult here used as an adverb?
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Is using the word “very” always allowed or is it better to limit the usage?

I noticed that I'm using the word very quite often. I'd say: I use it very often. For example: I find search engines very helpful. I'm very happy for you. Your are very good at that. He's very sad ...
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What's a word for the contents of a book are different and more helpful than the cover depicts

The book's cover is "People Can't Drive You Crazy If You Don't Give Them The Keys" but the content of the book is more about changing yourself and your perceptions and attitude and more. TOC snapshot, ...
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“However, I hated it extremely” vs “However, I extremely hated it,” when telling a flashback? [closed]

Both of these probably mean the same thing but I don't know which one 'sounds' better.
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Do I ever hyphenate adverbs when used with “based”? [duplicate]

I've seen it used both ways, but I'm wondering what is the proper way to punctuate phrases with adverbs and words like "based". example would be: academically-based instruction vs. academically based ...
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Adverb for not looking at anyone completely?

Which adverb should be used when not seeing anyone completely? That adverb should not necessarily have to do with the situation when any Indian bride hides her face by a veil, so that no body can see ...
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How do you say “in all directions” in a single word?

Consider the following example sentence: Sound is a form of energy that travels in all directions. How to do you say "in all directions" (which is shown as bold in example sentence) in a single ...
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What's a word for how long it takes to do something?

I'm trying to track how long it takes to do individual tasks throughout the day. I'm tracking it in Excel and want a single word for the time it took from beginning to completion to use in the column ...
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Onward at the beginning of a sentence

I want to say something like: from now on I will work on my second task. Is it correct to use "onward" (just onward) at the beginning of the sentence to replace "from now on"? Onward, I will work on ...
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“is believed to still be” or “is believed to be still”

I wonder which of the following is correct. It is believed to still be efficiently solvable. and It is believed to be still efficiently solvable.
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ADV of Manner between Transitive Verb and DO

In a book about the philosophy of William James, I have found the pattern transitive verb (to appreciate) + adverb of manner (fully) + direct object (what James means by distinguishing knowing into ...
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“everywhere” vs. “anywhere” vs. “somewhere”

Which one is correct to use? We usually stay home because it's more comfortable than go everywhere/anywhere/somewhere
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“currently is a …” or “is currently a …”

I'm not sure which statement is more correct. John has been with the team since 2010 and is currently a senior researcher OR John has been with the team since 2010 and currently is a senior ...
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How can I say “usually one, sometimes multiple” at the end of a sentence?

I'm struggling with this sentence fragment: “...and produces usually one, sometimes multiple, binary outputs.” Is this grammatically incorrect? Is there a better way to structure this? Here is the ...
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Especially + verb + Subject

I have just found the following sentence: Especially is this true in the field of psychology. I know the rule that says that whenever a sentence begins with an adverb that expresses negativity, it ...
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Starting an independent clause with “more,” to omit the use of the adverb “specifically”

Would it be incorrect English to do what I noted above? That is, if my sentence looked like this: [..]; more specifically,[..] Could I make it look like this: [..]; more,[..]