In "take it easy", "easy" is an adjective. In "take it seriously", "seriously" is an adverb.

I'm baffled. Why not "take it easily"? Using an adverb to modify the verb makes more sense.

For the same reason, I should say "take it more slowly", instead of "take it slower", right?

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    Here easy is an adverb which means in a relaxed or casual manner. Mar 29, 2021 at 20:45
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    People would also say "take it slow".
    – maxbear123
    Mar 30, 2021 at 0:20
  • Thanks for all help at this site. Now I know "easy" "slow" are "flat adverbs." I googled and understood more.
    – joy2020
    Mar 30, 2021 at 7:51

1 Answer 1


Some words can be multiple parts of speech.

easy is an adjective, an adverb, and an exclamation.

So to know which of those parts of speech you should be using, you have to inspect the word in the context of the sentence.

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