Questions tagged [adverbs]

An adverb is a word that modifies an adjective, adverb, phrase, or sentence, expressing some relation of manner, or quality.

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In abundance or too often

If someone says 'Use flipflops in abundance.' What does it imply? What message does this sentence convey? Does this convey the number of flipflops or the frequency of using flipflops? Does it mean ...
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Can we use adverbs with comparative adjectives as in:

He is much taller than me. Vs He is incredibly taller than me. I know the first sentence is correct, but I was wondering if we could use Incredibly with a comparative adjective (taller).
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the position of “only” to emphasize the rareness

In the post meaning of "I have everything for my xxx" I said However, googling it only returns 3 hits. I was trying to emphasize the rareness of the searching results. Should I have put it ...
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place of “Almost” [closed]

Could anyone explain to me how to place "almost", even if my sentences are not the most idiomatic (hardly or other...) I have so many trouble with present perfect. I almost didn't see that ...
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behind or ahead?

The following is an extract from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I'm wondering whether the word "behind" is equal to "ahead" in 21st-century English in this context. Justine died; ...
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felt still more gloomily

The following extract is from Frankenstein. Does anyone know why the adverb gloomily is used after the linking verb felt? Yet, as I drew nearer home, grief and fear again overcame me. Night also ...
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Play your role the best

Is the following sentence correct In an imperfect world with not-so-perfect people and institutions, you have to play your role the best you can, take as many as you can along with you, with empathy ...
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Usage of rather

In the following two sentences which one is correct regarding the usage of rather Men are rather impressed by beauty then by character. Men are impressed rather by beauty then by character. I think ...
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What is the meaning of “no less” here? Is it positive or negative?

In other words, in the definition we have given of it, is it really possible to add to the boundary between the science of personality and the biological sciences a no less firmly established boundary,...
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What exactly does “walking around the house” mean?

I am confused of the word “around”. A person is outside and walking along the house? A person is inside the house walking in any direction. Does it mean number 1 or 2? If both are correct, how can ...
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Correct use of “most” as an adverb

The following sentence is part of the transcript of an speech of a non-native person: “Which is a technique that advertisement companies most use it.” I think “most” is used in a grammatically wrong ...
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Where to place all day long

In the following sentence where should I place the adverbs all day long The courtiers used to tell the king how efficient an administrator he was.
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Cowardly - Adjective or Adverb?

In the following sentence, is the word 'cowardly' an adjective or adverb? He acted in a cowardly manner. What I understand is the word cowardly is modifying the verb act. So it should be an adverb. ...
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Is the word “else” used correcly here?

You get approximately 5-6 questions in this task; for which it is advised that you spend 2 minutes per question. As there is no negative marking, choose the answer if you are confident else you can ...
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Where to place immediately [closed]

Which one of the following three sentences is correct It is time to immediately put the work in hand. It is time to put the work immediately in hand. It is time to put the work in hand immediately.
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“it's even been linked to” VS “it's linked to”

Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood pressure, and it's even been linked to diabetes and obesity. Sleeplessness may also cause inflammation, hallucinations, high blood ...
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Too much and very much

What is the difference between too much and very much. On seeing the lion she felt too much afraid. On seeing the lion she felt very much afraid. According to OALD meaning of too is very So are two ...
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Use of 'used to'

Can we use the adverb 'previously' in the structure 'used to'? Do we really need this adverb? The modal 'used to' already talks about things happened in past but not any longer they do. What about ...
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If adverb is removed the sentence still make sense

I think I found a very useful approach to find an adverb in a sentence by ignoring words one by one in a sentence. E.g., He is too shy. He is too (shy removed, doesn't make sense) He is shy. (Too ...
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What types of adverbs could be put between a phrasal verb?

From an ELL post ... (put adverb between the phrasal verb) is quite grammatical and such constructions are often used by native and fluent speakers. I strongly agree with this, as I've seen quite a ...
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“just gives one option” vs. “gives just one option”

There are two options A and B regarding to the usage of a word in the Merriam-Webster dictionary while the Cambridge Dictionary just gives one, that is A. To convey that idea, should I say the ...
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The position of the adverb “shockingly” changes the meaning

a. He shockingly used brilliant colors in these paintings. b. He used brilliant colors in these paintings shockingly. c. Brilliant colors were shockingly used. d. Brilliant colors were used shockingly....
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Are both of them correct? [closed]

a. Instead of running straight ahead, ~ b. Instead of straight running ahead, ~ Q1) Are both of them grammatically correct? Q2) If so, do they have the same meaning?
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interpretation of 'I stayed some days' — 'for some days straight' or 'on days for a total of some days'?

A stand-alone sentence, 'I stayed some days' --- if 'some' in this sentence were restricted to meaning 'an unspecified number of,' which would it mean I stayed on days for a total of an unspecified ...
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“Firstly, secondly, thirdly,…”, what comes next? [duplicate]

Similar to this Question How would you complete the following sequence, until point 10? Firstly Secondly Thirdly ... Any help would be appreciated.
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Placing of adverbs [duplicate]

I am confused where to place the adverb certainly She certainly has gone up in my estimation since she told the manager what she thought of him. She has certainly gone up in my estimation ...
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“That's the exactly reason why …” vs “That's the exact reason why …”

exact vs exactly Which expression is right? Or Both of them? And why? "That's the very reason" is another expression with the same meaning?
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I lived on a small island for one year ten years ago

Is the following sentence grammatically correct and does it sound normal? Can we use two time adverbs in the same sentence as follows. I lived on a small island for one year ten years ago. In ...
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Can I write “His ideas are strategically and linguistically structured”? [closed]

Can I write this: His ideas are strategically and linguistically structured. Can I use two adverbs separated by "and"?
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“I told you earlier” or “I told before”? [closed]

Could you tell me if I have to use earlier or before after tell in the following context. Person A: why didn't you tell me that Kate and John are going to get married. Person B: Actually, I ...
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dancing acrobatically

a. Dancing acrobatically is something I enjoy very much. b. I enjoy dancing acrobatically very much. I think (b) means that I like to dance acrobatically. I like to do that. (a) could have that ...
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“operates similar to” vs. “operates similarly to”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: It operates similar to the above-mentioned mechanism. It operates similarly to the above-mentioned mechanism. Looking at Google, "operates ...
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Real as an adverb and adjective

Real can be used as adjective as well as adverb. As an adverb meaning of real is very Therefore I think its usage in the following sentence is correct The real important thing to remember is that ...
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too and either usage differences

A: I don't like oranges. B: I don't like oranges either. This is the right way to express this idea. question 1: But why can't it be written like this: B: I too don't like oranges. question ...
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Too vs Either in agreement of negative sentences

SAM: I don’t like choclates. BOB: 1) I too, don’t like choclates. (Or) 2)I don’t like choclates, either. What would be the correct sentence of Bob, Sentence1 or Sentence2? If anyone sentence of ...
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Much vs Very usage differences

I was much exhausted in the evening. (Here very exhausted is wrong) She is very tired after a day’s work. (Here much tired is wrong) My grammar book said above sentences. Although the kind of ...
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no one and no one else differences

She has no one else to look after her but me. She has no one to look after her but me. Which is correct? What is the difference between these two sentences?
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No one vs No one else usage

John is my best friend. No one likes me more than he does. John is my best friend. No one else likes me more than he does. 1) Which is correct? What is the difference between these two sentences?...
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But vs Except usage

She has no one to look after her except me. She has no one to look after her but me. Which is correct? My grammar book says sentence2 is correct. What is the difference between BUT and EXCEPT ...
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Usage Too, As well and Also in negative sentences

I also/too don't understand why they're here Is this sentence correct? My grammar book is saying that this sentence is wrong and we should use either in negative sentences. For example above sentence ...
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Placement of ALSO in a sentence

She found her bag and money also. She found her bag and also money. Which is correct? My grammar book is saying sentence 2 is correct, as “ALSO” shouldn’t come at the end of the sentence. Why so?...
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Regard vs Consider

I regard him as my brother. I consider him my brother. Although regard and consider are synonyms, why As is used in sentence1 with regard and why not in sentence2?
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Much vs very usage [duplicate]

He is much interested in the project He is very interested in the project. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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use of more (adv) with 'than

We say: I am more intelligent than you. I earn more than you do. I like you more than your brother. Can we say: You show devotion to me more than him. I feel there has to be the preposition 'to'...
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Can we use a future verb with “as”

I wonder whether in the case below I need to use present tense or future tense". Also, I wonder in any case what the general rule of it is. Please bear in mind that I insist on using "as" since I want ...
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What is the difference between below/above and over/under?

I would like to know the difference between above and over when these words mean "more than" and the differnce between between below and under when these words mean "less than". Are some difference ...
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use of just and recently

In the following sentence is the use of both just and recently at the same time correct? I just got back a short while ago from India recently and we are working very much with India and we have a ...
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Place of continuously as an adverb

As far as I know we can't use an adverb before the objects. Like that. I painted carefully the house [incorrect] I carefully painted the house [correct] I painted the house carefully [correct] But ...
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Either quiet or quietly

In the following sentence is quietly incorrectly used? I was surprised to see every student sitting quietly in the class, even though the teacher was not present According to my book quietly is ...
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Either proactive or proactively?

What is the difference between the following two sentences? 1.The private sector is responding as well, sometimes proactive and sometimes concurrent with government mandates. 2.The private ...

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