For a long time, psychologist thought infants were colorblind right after birth.

What does right mean in this sentence?

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    Please consult a dictionary and provide more details if you do not understand. Right. adv. – Em. Aug 28 '16 at 7:49
  • Here "right" means "just" . In other words, can say "just after birth" – user40920 Aug 28 '16 at 7:54

"Right," in this sentence, means "immediately."

In this frame, the word "right" serves as an adverb of indefinite frequency. Common examples of adverbs of indefinite frequency are "always," "generally," "uncommonly," "seldom," and, yes, "immediately." These contrast with adverbs of definite frequency, among which lie "daily," "weekly," and "yearly." Adverbs of indefinite frequency usually go in the mid position of a sentence, though they may also be placed at the beginning or end of a sentence, as evidenced here: "Right" is placed after the main verb and exists as a part of the tripartite adverbial whole that completes the sentence.

So, while we might have an interesting debate about whether "right," contextualized here as being a modifier of an instance proceeding directly after an event so definitive as birth, may qualify as an adverb of definite frequency (hmm, possible stack question...), it is here firmly synonymous with "immediately."


It means immediately after birth.

Here is the Merriam-webster definition

It says, one right after another = very close together in time.

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