It was like using a watch that runs slow. (It=Egyptian calendar)

What was the Egyptian calendar similar to?

  1. using a watch that runs slow
  2. a watch that runs slow

Which one is correct?

  • Tell us what you think and why, and we'll tell you if you're on the right track ;-)
    – Lucky
    Feb 21, 2016 at 14:53

1 Answer 1


Actually neither is correct, it should be

like a watch that runs slowly

slowly is the adverb that modifies the verb runs

For your phrase examples, the Egyptian calendar is similar to both

The Egyptian calendar was similar to using a watch that runs slowly

in its usage, "Using the Egyptian calendar" is implied, or

The Egyptian calendar was similar to a watch that runs slowly.

describes how the Egyptian calendar itself runs. Better phrasing might be

The Egyptian calendar was like a slow running watch.

using the simile like to make an analogous comparison.

  • 4
    Actually slow might be just fine, as a flat adverb.
    – Lucky
    Feb 21, 2016 at 16:19
  • In the specific case of a watch or clock, it's perfectly acceptable to say "a watch that runs slow" or "a watch that runs fast". A clock that runs slow/fast and a clock that runs quickly/slowly are completely different meanings. In the first, the indicated time does not match the actual time. In the second, the perceived or relative time is passing slowly or quickly.
    – ColleenV
    Mar 22, 2016 at 16:30

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