I read this on the web:

"International students can apply direct to the University of Western Sydney."

How can "direct" which is a verb acts as an adverb? Is it possible ? Although I think it might be a noun here.

If it is an adverb then what is the difference between it and "directly" ?

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    direct is more direct than directly. It's like saying "go straight to prison". – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 8 '16 at 19:59
  • You may want to consult a dictionary such as this one. – user3395 Apr 8 '16 at 20:03
  • Direct can work as a verb, adjective or adverb. It has several meanings for each of them. Here is a list: dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/direct – JavaLatte Apr 8 '16 at 20:32
  • In general, not all adverbs end in -ly. To me, there's no difference in meaning between direct & directly used as an adjective. – Alan Carmack Apr 9 '16 at 1:47
  • Thank you all so much, I had consulted Merriam Webster dictionary but all definations are only about "direct" as a verb , nothing else. – Gamal Thomas Apr 9 '16 at 8:26

English is a Germanic language and is closely related to Frisian, Dutch and German.

We can correctly guess that most adjectives will function as adverbs without any modification--because that's how adjectives work in all four of these languages.

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