In linguistics, an adjunct is an optional, or structurally dispensable, part of a sentence, clause, or phrase that, if removed or discarded, will not otherwise affect the remainder of the sentence. Example: In the sentence John helped Bill in Central Park, the phrase in Central Park is an adjunct. (Wikipedia | Adjunct (grammar))

Is it proper?
Thank you.

  • Yes, it means "in any way, shape, or form".
    – Nick
    Dec 26, 2017 at 3:24

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Could you please tell me what makes you think that it's not proper? I think it's as proper as can be. You can understand this passage the following way:

an adjunct is an optional part of a sentence that even removing or discarding it will not, in any way, affect the remainder of the sentence

In other words, removing an adjunct from a sentence has no effect on the rest of the sentence whatsoever.

  • Thank you. I've found that the learner's OED says it also means 'differently,' and I guess this is the one, but the other usage that means something like 'if it's not the case' has too much influence on me. I'm just getting to see that it's always other-wise.
    – karlalou
    Dec 26, 2017 at 3:52
  • He thinks otherwise. - in this case, yes, the meaning is similar to differently or in a different way. I understand your confusion now. Just remember that it can also mean in any way. Dec 26, 2017 at 4:09

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