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Which, if any, of these sentences are correct:

I made it home safe.

or

I made it home safely.

I know that in the second example safely is an adverb, but I don't know about the first. Is it a state-of-being verb (ie. "I am safe")? Incorrect? Which sentence(s) is correct?

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I made it home safe is acceptable grammar: safe does not describe the manner in which you made it home but the state in which you arrived. These constructions are called .

Compare:

I made it home unhurt.
I made it home bruised but happy.
I made it home depressed.

  • The form of the word is known as flat adverb or bare adverb when the -ly is stripped off. – Peter Jun 22 '17 at 0:29
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    @Peter I disagree. These are predicate adjectives, not adverbs. – StoneyB Jun 22 '17 at 0:32
  • @StoneyB I thought the predicate adjective wanted a copula; does made it qualify? – P. E. Dant Jun 22 '17 at 0:51
  • @P.E.Dant Practically any verb could in theory sustain a secondary predicate. A copula, in the sense in which grammar borrowed the notion from logic, isn't quite the same thing as what grammarians call 'copular' verbs. And predicates don't really require predicators--a bare comma will suffice. – StoneyB Jun 22 '17 at 0:58
  • So! in "I made it home as safe as possible" we have the flat adverb; in "I made it home safe" we have the predicate adjective. What say you? (I came across an interesting piece on this distinction here, but haven't yet digested it fully.) – P. E. Dant Jun 22 '17 at 1:03
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Technically, the correct sentence is

I made it home safely

as it is an adverb and describes how you got home. However, many people would say

I made it home safe

and they would still be understandable, although it is not correct grammatically. "Safe" is an adjective, what is it describing?

  • +1. After I made it home safely, I was safe at home. – Jasper Jun 21 '17 at 23:49
  • "I made it safely home." is also correct. Safe describes your state after getting home. "I made it home safe (and sound)". – Peter Jun 22 '17 at 0:01

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