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We experienced problems meeting demand and sales fell sharply in November and remained STEADY / STEADILY at 39,000 in December.

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  • The specifics of the question don't really matter here. If you work on learning how to distinguish the situations when you need to use an adjective from those when you need to use an adverb, you'll be able to figure out this and all similar questions!
    – cruthers
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 1:12

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Something remains or is steady. steady is an adjective.

Prices rise or fall steadily. The adverb steadily modifies a transitive verb.

This answer does not cover the case of adverb modifying adjectives since it that is not part of the question but can be looked up.

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  • Round here the temperatures have remained stubbornly (or steadily) below zero degrees C. Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 22:47
  • Or obstinately, maybe? Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 22:59
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    @MichaelHarvey For every example, I can't point out every single point such as adverbs modifying nouns.
    – Lambie
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 23:22
  • The donkey has remained stubborn, despite attempts to bribe it with vegetables.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 11:44
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    +1 Yours seems to be the only correct answer so far. While it's possible to come up with sentences similar to OP's in which either the adjective or the adverb form might be correct, I believe that in that specific sentence, the adjective "steady" is the only correct choice. It looks like a test question, and I would expect to lose points if I chose "steadily" instead. The distinction between linking verb and transitive verb is a nice general rule for determining which to use: "remained steady" is equivalent to "was steady," while "rose steadily" isn't equivalent to "was steadily." Commented May 21 at 4:50
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The former (steady) is an adjective. So, this word will be used to describe a noun. Steadily will be used in present progressive sentences. This means that any sentence that is on going, or happening in the moment, will use steadily as its adverb.

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  • Tense/aspect doesn't seem to be a reliable way of determining which form to use. The sentence, "The price of XYZ is remaining steady at $2.50 per unit" has a verb in the present continuous, but the adjective (steady) is still the better choice, because is remaining functions as a linking verb -- i.e. connects the subject ("price") to a predicate adjective ("steady"). Commented May 21 at 5:15

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