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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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Why are the articles "an" and "the" not allowed in this structure? "(The/An) X though Y was..."

(*An) astute businessman though he was, P was capable of extreme recklessness (*The) actual perpetrators though they were, the criminals never admitted their guilt in court Why are the articles not ...
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How would you describe a car kicking up clouds of dust as an adverb of a car heading somewhere?

I am trying to translate a sentence from Turkish to English. I'm almost satisfied and it is something along the lines of A black car kicking up clouds of dust was seen heading to the city from a ...
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Similar vs Similarly to

This is related to the following questions, 1, 2. In many papers in mathematics, I often see the following constructions. Similar to [1], we have that 2+ax = 3y. Similar to Equation 2.3, we note that ...
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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 correct? Is there a better way to structure this? Here is the ...
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Placement of “anymore” with respect to other complements, as in "not possible anymore to …"

I often see sentences like this from non-native speakers: ?It is not possible anymore to cross the border without a passport. To me, this sounds wrong, and I would write this instead: It is no ...
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"Such" as a part of speech, and similar words

The word "such" seems to fit under a few different categories. It could be arguably classified as: A noun - "The movie would only be of interest to such as enjoy mindless explosions ...
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Why is "shut" an adjective in "locked shut"?

Definition of 'shut' in Collins English Dictionary. Shut is also an adjective, with example sentence "The exit doors were locked shut." I wonder why 'shut' in this sentence is an ADJECTIVE not an ...
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Is it possible to use the adverb 'now' in the past?

I learn pluperfect in German and recently ran into a web-page with English-German examples. One of the example seems to me incorrect, so I am bringing this out to make sure I correctly understand the ...
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Adverb or a conjunction?

Good afternoon everyone! I was doing a syntactic analysis of the sentence below and stuck at the adverb: Bring as many books as there are students (you) ---> subject bring ---> verb as many books ...
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Is "over" meaning "again" related to "over"'s other meanings?

In addition to the physical position meaning, "over" has a number of nonphysical and temporal meanings including "again". My own examples: I couldn't read your note. Write it over....
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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...
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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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From before, from aforementioned

Can before and aforementioned be used in a similar way to above? Context: Say I'm writing a report, and would like to reference an earlier bit. If that earlier bit is in close proximity or follows ...
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On the weekend vs this weekend

Could you tell me which sounds natural? I will finish it on the weekend. I will finish it this weekend. How does "this weekend" differ from "on the weekend?" I heard that the time expressions which ...
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What could possibly cause the stress shift in adverbs ending in -arily compared to adjectives ending in -ary?

While adjectives ending in -ary (British English /əri/, American English /eri/) never have stress on the second last syllable (the /e/ in AmE, and obviously the /ə/ in BrE), their derivative adverbs ...
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Omitting "to be", "that", "it is" all in the same sentence?

I encountered the following in a 1958 book on investing: How has the market price of these shares responded to all this? Has the price-earning ratio continued to advance as, twenty-two months ago, I ...
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How to clarify whether an adverb at the end of serial list modifies each item vs just the last item?

In the recreational community where my family has property, the common understanding has always been that no rentals are allowed, period. Not everyone agrees. This is the policy as it was written in ...
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"Fairly" can't be used with comparatives or negatives

Don't use ‘fairly’ in front of a comparative form, *the train is fairly quicker than the bus; in more formal writing, you use rather or somewhat. https://www.wordreference.com/EnglishUsage/fairly ...
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The non use of the proposition “by”

Please consider the following question below: “Did you ever stop to consider all the germs you pick up dragging a stupid blanket around?” Is this sentence correct? Shouldn’t the sentence go like this: ...
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"Since" vs "that"

"Tomorrow will be 3 weeks that I have been working on this project" (means a continuous process that hasn't ended yet) Tomorrow will be 3 weeks since I have started working on this project (...
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"Good going" or "well going"?

The colloquialism "good going!", said as a praise, uses the adjective "good" in reference to the verb "going". Shouldn't the adverb "well" be used instead? Why ...
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Past perfect continuous and use of since

I came across the following sentence with an instruction to rewrite it in past perfect continuous using the given time expression in brackets: Govind was working in this factory as a watchman. (since ...
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Interjecting adverbs between indirect and direct objects in ditransitive verb phrases?

I'm currently writing a paper about a syntactic issue in English and I was curious how these sounded to everyone. Sam put carefully the coffee on the desk. Sam put the coffee carefully on the desk. ...
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Inarguably vs Unarguably

I was typing inarguably, but my spell checker complained and corrected it to unarguably. It's probably not the best spell checker, because I thought "inarguably" unarguably exists. I tried to Google ...
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Contemporary synonym of "thereanent" or "thereabout"

I want to express that one thing concerns another, using an adverb, such as in: I mended the sink and wrote her a note thereanent / thereabout. Meaning: I mended the sink and wrote her a note ...
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She is more than a friend. [parse]

She is more than a friend. As I understand, "more than a friend" is a constituent. The dependent "than a friend" is a prepositional phrase. The head "more" is a pronoun. Am I right? Thanks!
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They grew up in the Sudan; hence their interest in Nubian art

thefreedictionary.com: They grew up in the Sudan; hence their interest in Nubian art. Am I right that?: "Hence" is an adverb. "Hence" is the head of the adverbial phrase "Hence their interest in ...
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What sentence adverb to use to introduce a sentence expressing the reason for something?

I am trying to 'conjure up' a chart on result, reason, purpose, and contrast for my students, and I am really hard put to come up with a satisfying adverb to introduce the sentence mentioning the ...
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"to be more precise" vs. "to be more precisely"

While proofreading the thesis of a colleague, I came across the phrase "to be more precisely" and corrected it to "to be more precise". I'm pretty sure that my correction is correct but I have trouble ...
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"not" is an adverb with special positioning (like "do solemnly swear")-- are there others? Is there a name for this positioning?

Adverbs allow for a range of positions, but focusing how a adverb might be positioned relative to a verb phrase, "always" allows (But is not limited to): For single verb phrases, "always" can go ...
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the adverb "all" as a direct object

merriam-webster.com: 1. I forgot all about paying the bill. collinsdictionary.com: 2. He loves animals and he knows all about them. As written in the dictionaries, "all" is an adverb ...
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Why is the adjective "below" rare compared to adjective "above"?

Above and below can be used as both an adverb and an adjective to indicate an earlier or a later part of a piece of writing respectively. However, adjective below is rare compared to adjective above (...
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Speculations and deductions

I am very curious to know if: “ She probably should have had the cake" is grammatically correct.In other words Iam in doubt whether we can use adverbs of certainty, like probably, along with ...
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act weird/weirdly vs. act strange/strangely

According to this ngram, 'act weird' is much more productive than 'act weirdly', which is almost non-existent, but 'act strangely' is more productive than 'act strange', which is not non-existent at ...
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Phrasal prepositional verbs with objects and adverbs?

"We fixed Tom up quickly with new tools" Hi guys, here's a doubt I have. Although I would more than likely place the adverb "quickly" between the subject "We" and verb "fixed" in this sentence to ...
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Difference among You never change. and You change never. and Never do you change

I think "You never change." is the most usual and basic. But "You change never." is also well used in spoken English. "Never do you change." is almost never seen on books ...
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by (the) way: incidentally

Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. defines incidentally as by way: used to introduce additional information such as something that the speaker has just thought of by chance: by chance or by accident Is the ...
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Punctuation for 'and therefore', 'and as a result' etc when they don't introduce an independent clause

I have seen similar questions regarding 'and therefore' when it introduces an independent clause, and the favourite seems to be '..., and, therefore, ...' to punctuate without making 'therefore' the ...
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How to understand 'in" in the sentence?

The original sentence: If the water was moving with the wave, the ocean and everything on it would be racing in to the shore with obviously catastrophic results. Two questions: I like to ...
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What is the relation between a verb and an adverb (officially) called?

What does an adverb "do" to a verb? When googling I found terms like modifies or describes, but I'm not sure if a name for the relation exists.
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Is it redundant to add implied words after infinitive (eg "to share" vs "to share together")

I wanted to write something in a message to my department that essentially says "I am thankful for this home we share"...however I initially thought that I would emphasize the cohesion of the group by ...
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Correct way to use the word "respectively"

I have the following sentence: Moreover, we use adjectives 'Borel' and 'finite' if, respectively, a measure is defined on the Borel sigma-algebra and it has finite values only. Usually I put '...
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“Most” as an intensifier, not as a superlative

Sometimes “most” is used as an intensifier rather than a superlative: “Lucy expressed herself most eloquently.” “The employees work most efficiently.” There are other degree adverbs that do this, ...
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Can we say "Some things end good, some things end bad" in informal American/Britain English?

I have a question about this sentence: Some things end good, some things end bad Could it be safely written in poetry or in the lyrics of a song? I know that there are the adverbs well and badly, ...
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Placement of adverb in independent clause preceded by dependent clause

Which sentence is correct? To simplify the notation, we will denote henceforth the distance by d. To simplify the notation, henceforth we will denote the distance by d.
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Adverb in a introductory clause

I have stumbled upon this sentence: But more pragmatically, the discipline encourages students to analyze complex material, question conventional beliefs, and express thoughts in a concise manner. ...
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Adverbs and adverbials

I am really confused on the this topic, could someone please help? In a phrase like,"Come on up." I know "up" modifies "come on." What happens when you are able to switch positions of adverbs and ...
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Multiple Modifiers

What does not modify in this sentence? I am not even playing basketball. Also, does quickly modify played the game or just played in this sentence? I played the game quickly.
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'Sparsely' vs 'Thinly'

What is the difference between sparsely and thinly? Can these words be interchangeable? May I use thinly furnished or thinly populated as well as sparsely furnished and thinly populated.
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A small sliver of moon rock

In the following sentences, does 'small' function as an adverb or an adjective? Visitors will be astounded at the amazing exhibits; one of these is a small sliver of moon rock that visitors are ...
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