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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Comparative adverb

I was taught that object of a preposition is always a noun, but I have often seen that a comparison adverb comes immediately after a preposition, then a noun phrase preceded by an adverb comes, which ...
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What type of phrase is “at 9 pm”?

He sleeps at 9 pm. What type of phrase is "at 9 pm"— adverbial or prepositional?? What are the parts of speech of "9", "pm" respectively?
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Who (adverb or adverb phrase) answers the question 'Why'?

Adverb answers the question-When,Where,How On the other hand, Adverb phrase answers the question- When,Where,How & Why Here, Adverb phrase answer an extra question- Why? Please explain it.
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Can I put the adverb “exponentially” after the intransitive main verb “grown” when the auxiliary verb “had” precedes the intransitive main verb?

Can I put the adverb "exponentially" after the intransitive main verb "grown" when the auxiliary verb "had" precedes the intransitive main verb "grown"? (...
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Informal use of adjective as adverb

Is there a specific grammatical term for the substitution, in non-formal contexts, of an adjective where strictly speaking, an adverb is required? For example: That would sure be a fun trip to go on! ...
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Cuts deep or cuts deeply

I'm editing an op-ed for a friend, and her title includes "the stigma cuts deeply". Sure, deeply can work adverbially here, but am I wrong to think that "deep" can also work? The ...
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This ranks fairly high on my list

Is rank a copulative/linking verb in This ranks fairly high on my list ? What Part of Speech is high here? High (adjective) https://www.oed.com/oed2/00106032 High (adverb) https://www.oed.com/oed2/...
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Can attributive adjectives be modified by adverbs of frequency?

Can attributive adjectives be modified by adverbs of frequency? Grammar says adverbs of frequency only modify verbs.
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How idiomatic is “He cooks badly” vs. “He doesn't cook well” & “He cooks poorly”? [migrated]

How idiomatic is "He cooks badly" vs. "He doesn't cook well" & "He cooks poorly"?
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How quickly is she running towards the exit? = How fast is she running towards the exit? [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between How quickly is she running towards the exit? and How fast is she running towards the exit? Is the following dialogue ok: - How soon can she drive here? - She ...
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Is it correct to place the adverb 'now' in this position in this sentence?

Zoom calls were a thing, no longer a mere irritation of the lectures and offices we had escaped, but necessary now to connect with family less than twenty miles away. Am I correct to put 'now' after '...
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Finding a proper adverb to end a sentence meaning unnecessary but not otherwise a problem

Let's directly go to the example. I am writing a sentence Calling this function multiple times is unnecessary but harmless. ['Call a function' is idiomatic in say C/C++.] I have a feeling that there ...
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Do we have any academic adverbs that mean “as it can be inferred or deduced”?

I am in the middle of writing an academic document. My question is, do we have any academic adverbs that mean " as it can be inferred or deduced"? I want this adverb to use at the beginning ...
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Can the adverb “strongly” be use with the verb “try”? If not, is there a clear reason?

It doesn't seem to me to be possible to use the adverb "strongly" in connection with the verb "try" but I can't figure out why not. It feels as it it ought to be possible but never ...
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tale otherwise so utterly improbable

In Chapter Seven of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I saw the following sentence: I remembered also the nervous fever with which I had been seized just at the time that I dated my creation, and which ...
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Do you know any academic adverbs other than “therefore”, “hence”, “so”, and “thus”? [closed]

I am writing an essay and I look for an academic adverb or adverb phrase that can help me to connect these two sentences. We need air to be able to breathe and continue to our lives. [adverb], we ...
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When is it acceptable to combine expressions of probability with expressions of expectation/planning?

While working on expressions of probability with some ESL students, the question came up of whether it'd be ok to say something such as: Hopefully, they will probably help us out in the future. My ...
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Commas before and after “therefore” but not before and after “also”

Consider the following sentences: The shirt is pink and is, therefore, very stylish. The shirt is pink and is also very stylish. In the first sentence, I feel as though I need to use commas around ...
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adverb “synonym” for “whatever” — it doesn't matter, unrestricted

It's possible to chain identical modules to operate on ________ly large inputs. I want a word that means, the size of the input doesn't matter, it can be any size, it is unrestricted/unbounded/has no ...
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Catch Back (as Catch Again, to represent recurrence)

Is it correct to say "Catch Back" with the intention to express recurrence? For example, assume I once felt joyful but then that feeling faded. If now I'm somehow feeling happy again, could ...
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Should a two-word noun that modifies be hyphenated?

I came across the sentence "He is Fibonacci spiral attractive," and my first thought was that "Fibonacci spiral" should be hyphenated. I consulted my sister, and she thought it ...
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What part of speech is 'ago'? [duplicate]

'Ago' would be an adverb if it told time, but it seems only to be a kind of modifier of adverbs that tell time or to require some other free-standing word to tell time. It cannot stand alone, which ...
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“the idea started simple” vs “the idea started simply”

What is the difference in meaning between the two phrases in the title, and are both gamatically correct? My impression is the following: "The idea started simple" = In the beginning the ...
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Correct way of using 'intently' in a sentence? [closed]

I'll outline two ways of writing the same sentence below. Please guide me on which one is grammatically correct. I wake up to a bear intently staring at me. OR I wake up to a bear staring intently at ...
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Why do some verbs have “directions” as adverbs?

I recently noticed how many verbs have "directions" as adverbs: "look up", "find out", "talk down", "figure out", "walk up", "look down&...
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Adjective classification in this sentence

In the phrase: "in a good many ways." are good and many adjectives? And if so, are they each descriptor or classifier? Or is the phrase 'good many' idiomatic? And if so, can 'good' and 'many'...
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is “everywhere” an adverb or a noun? [closed]

I will get stronger everywhere above my hips. Is "everywhere" an adverb or noun in this sentence?
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Is there an adverb for circularly using the function/method you are discussing?

For instance, John Mill argues in his essay "On Liberty" about how you must address controversy of opinion in order to become more certain of your truth, and in the structure of his essay he ...
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Where should adverb “carefully” be placed? [duplicate]

The lady listened carefully to my complaint. The lady listened to my complaint carefully. The lady carefully listened to my complaint. Which ones are grammatically correct? Please mention if there ...
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Compound modifier with adverb [duplicate]

In the phrase "highly trained support specialist" should a hyphen be used?
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Between partially and largely

I want to say that This chapter is based partially on [a paper I coauthored] but "partially" doesn't feel right because the overlap is maybe 60%. But This chapter is based largely on [a ...
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I am searching for the adverbial form of “undefeatable” or a suitable synonym

I am translating a text, and I have a sentence that structurally translates into: "The noble ideal they have in their sights will enter even the darkest souls and convert undefeatably into a ...
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“Half an hour” and “half hour” adverbs

If the rate per hour is the hourly rate, what do you call the rate for half an hour? What is the rate for 2 hours known as?
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Where to place an adverb in a sentence [duplicate]

Let's discuss what you're looking for exactly. OR Let's discuss what you're exactly looking for. The general question is : where to place the adverb in such a phrase ? As a non native it's hard to ...
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Adverb “other (than)”

The entry of other in the Fowler's dictionary of usage reads It never occurred to me ours would be other than a marriage in name only. Is other here an adjective linked to marriage or an adverb ...
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The notice struck me pleasantly

Is it grammatically correct to write this sentence with the adverb at the end? I assume it would be more acceptable to write this sentence as "The notice pleasantly struck me," but I like ...
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Is the word “essentially” an adjective in phrase “essentially nonlinear phenomena”?

I need help. the word "essentially" seems to be an adjective in the phrase "essentially nonlinear phenomena". Is it? but "essentially" could only be an adverb! I'm ...
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Can once be used as an adverb in the beginning of the sentence?

sentence: Once I left my phone at home and I couldn't pay attention to my work at all.... According to Cambridge Dictionary Online, once can be both conjugation and adverb. It is obvious that in this ...
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What adverb can I use to describe a slap that intends to get someone's attention?

"Listen to me," Samuel says, swatting the side of Cal's face '_____'. It's not a playful or deliberately hurtful slap. It's somewhere in the middle - irritated. Considering the character's ...
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As simple or as simply as possible: should an adjective or adverb be used?

For the following sentence: The rockets were modelled as simply/simple as possible. I'm confused which of the two options is best. It feels like both options are potentially valid: the modelling is ...
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I have analyzed a sentence. Please let me know if you see mistakes [closed]

For a class I am practicing analyzing sentences. This question is not my homework; it is self-directed practice. The sentence is from today's New York Times. The link is below. As it resurges across ...
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The placement of “actually”

What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences below? The conference was actually quite interesting. Actually, the conference was quite interesting. Thank you!
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The placement of “just” and the sentence meaning

Consider the two sentences, please: I just want to add a few details. I want to add just a few details. How does the meaning change depending on the placement of just within the sentence? Thank you!
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Why does “…at once” sound fine but “…right now” doesn't?

A non English native colleague asked a questioned today that I couldn't answer clearly. The only thing I could come up with was that it sounded strange. The sentences: "They liked him almost at ...
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Is the following sentence an example of relative clause or object clause?

From this website in the table, a row for relative adverb, “I don’t know why he got angry.” is listed as an example of relative clause, isn't it actually an Object clause?
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What do adverbs modify and can it be ambiguous?

I have two questions, but first consider the following sentence: Cutlery includes any hand implement used in preparing, serving, and especially eating food in Western culture. Does adverb '...
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Is 'strongly used' possible in the sense 'used a lot', 'used intensively'?

Is 'strongly used'/'used strongly' standardly acceptable in the sense 'used intensively'? My intuition is that it is not, but I can't find a grammatical justification for my intuition. I want to stay ...
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Tone of voice expressing anger, frustration, and impatience

Is there a specific word for this? I've looked for a bit, and have returned with the word sharp I'm wondering if there is another word of this. An example sentence would be "Jane yelled back in a ...
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Is “at least” a conjuctive adverb? Can it be used in the middle of a sentence separated with two commas?

For example, this sentence: It takes ten years to grow a tree, at least, that is what my father said. Is this grammatically correct? Or is it a conjuctive adverb and then should be used as: It takes ...
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Is working in this context an adverb? [closed]

Please read the following sentence: Editing requires a good working relationship with the writer and the design team.< In this example, is “working” an adverb or an adjective?

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