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

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Adverbs in the middle of phrasal verbs: He got quickly dressed

I did an activity with my students regarding adverb position. This is the prompt: He got dressed (quickly). The answers I provided were: He got dressed quickly. He quickly got dressed. However, a ...
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Can adverbs modify implied words in this case?

I watched soccer with my hands warmly in the pockets. This is what I made. Actually, "warmly" is meant to modify omitted "being". (I watched soccer with my hands being warmly in ...
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Article reads poorly/weird/weirdly - Are any of the given sentences grammatically incorrect? If so, why?

The article reads poorly. The article reads weird. The article reads weirdly. To me, a non-native speaker, the first sentence seems fine, the second one seems like it could be used in informal ...
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the meaning of "partially"

Here is a test I found on the website below https://ieltsonlinetests.com/ielts-mock-test-2023-march-reading-practice-test-3?mode=practice_test&parts=1&duration=120 There is a question I don't ...
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Is "more" an adverb or an adjective in "There is nothing more you need to do."

Is "more" an adverb or an adjective in "There is nothing more you need to do." I feel it can be regarded as an adverb as it modifies "you need to do." However, it can ...
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Can "-like" be an adverb?

Dumbledore gave his wand a little flick as if he was trying to get a fly off the end and a long golden ribbon flew out of it, which rose high above the tables and twisted itself snake-like into words. ...
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Understanding the Difference Between 'Usually' and 'Sometimes' [closed]

As an English learner, I often find myself confused about the correct usage of certain adverbs, especially when they seem to have similar meanings. I'm particularly unsure about the difference between ...
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I didn't have enough time, however, I read the book till the end

This sentence is from an exercise ('use "However' to join the sentences : 'I didn't have enough time. I read the book till the end.'): ' I didn't have enough time, however, I read the book till ...
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Adjective phrase or adverb phrase

Norma ate in silence. The word 'ate' is a transitive verb that requires an object to clear its meaning. What is the function of the phrase 'in silence' here? Either it's serving as an adjectival ...
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Can adverbs modify prepositions afterwards?

“Do you see why I feel this way?” “Oh yes, I'm with you completely.” It's not "I'm completely with you." If he's for helping the poor, I'm with him all the way! It's not "I'm all the ...
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Positions of an adverb "quickly"

My question has occured after I read this question "Confusion over the position of an adverb." Ian R answers (1) I can run quickly to the store , and (2) I can quickly run to the store ! ...
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Adverb "honestly" —At the beginning & At the mid position

I can't honestly say what time I'll be home. Vs Honestly, I can't say what time I'll be home. I think there is subtle difference in meaning, but I am not sure, Explain me the usage of the ...
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Syntax question. Why does this sentence sound awkward when I move the adverbial phrase?

Correct sentence: The dog roams the streets every day. Incorrect sentence: The dog roams every day the streets. Every day is an adverbial phrase that means "each day." I know the second ...
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Meaning of 'as saying'

"He was quoted as saying there would be further delays." Here what is the meaning of as saying? Like, Someone quoted him that, "he was saying— there would be further delays.(saying as ...
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Kind or kindly ways?

When I raised my first questions about the differing uses of culture I was given the impression, in kindly and not so kind ways, that these arose mainly from the fact of an incomplete education. This ...
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In this context "Possibly" is modifying what?

It's a possibly dangerous situation. I think "possibly" modifies the adjective "dangerous" or "dangerous situation", doesit(possibly)indicate manner? I found a definition ...
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Adverbs in mid postition and end position

I walk slowly I slowly walk Both sentences are right because I use adverbs in end and mid position, yes? Only one exception is badly which always goes in the end right?
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"The layer of haze starts out tenuous": why not "tenuously"?

I watched a YouTube video about physics, and the host said the following. Similar to the Earth's atmosphere, the layer of haze starts out very tenuous. If I needed to say something like this, I ...
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Any difference between "walking slow" and "walking slowly"?

Is there a difference between these two versions? He walks so slow. He walks so slowly
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He is in politics some

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XVI, published 1892) Passage 249 “We've rather bad news for you, Mr. Dodd,” said Fowler. “Your firm's gone up.” “Already!” I ...
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"Best"—adverb or adjective (in the sentence)

The medicine is best taken after meals. I think it's an adverb modifying verb, but it can be an adjective after the copula.
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Why do we say 'aim high' instead of 'aim highly'?

I know we don't say 'aim highly', but I don't know how to exaplain in grammatical terms. Is 'aim high' an idiom? Is 'high' an adverb? If it is, then why can't we say 'aim highly'?
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I had just missed your call

When John walked in, I had just missed your call., Does that mean When John walked in, I had missed your call by a very narrow margin. I almost managed to get it. or I had missed your call a moment ...
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Run Into vs run onto [closed]

Why is the phrase run into and not run onto ?When you run onto someone you dont go inside his body(LOL).In is for anything with interior structure,at is for specific locations in time or in space and ...
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Can a linking verb be followed by an adverb?

I read a line in a grammar book "at least the play reads well" in this sentence, the verb "reads" is a linking verb, so shouldn't the right word to use be "good" instead ...
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Phrasal verbs 101

Many phrasal verbs make the language more aurally pleasent for example: "Hear me out!".The verb "hear" means "listen" but it doesnt sound well if you say "Hear me&...
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Meaning of "To think of those old tin-type times about turned my head"

(From The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne, Chapter XI, published 1893) Passage 179 Never was a man so lucky! You and me and Mamie; it's a triple cord, Loudon. If either of you ...
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Present Continuous+never for emotional tone

As we know Present Continuous is used with always / constantly to express some emotional nuance (often negative). e.g. My sister is always borrowing my clothes without asking! Can we similarly use ...
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Can adverbs act as subject complements?

Example: He is here. Or She is there. I have been taught that subject complements are adjectives, nouns, pronouns or phrases of them, but in the above example the adverb 'here' is describing the ...
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Is "never" an adverb of frequency or time?

Can never ever be called an adverb of time or is it always frequency? I found online that adverbs of time can express when, how long or how often. I never play volleyball. This is how often I play ...
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In this sentence, what are the main subject and the main verb?

Consider the following sentence: Though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her. In that sentence, what are the main subject and the ...
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How to know when to use adverb or adverbial phrase?

Ex- In the sentence "look here" here is the adverb of the verb. If I write "look at here" why is this wrong? Can't I consider "at here" as the adverbial phrase with at ...
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Usage of above as adverb

I know that adverbs modify adjectives, verbs and other adverbs but, this usage of the "above" as adverb is so different from the definiton of the adverb in english. the clouds above except ...
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How to know when to use preposition with an adverb of place?

I saw a video of an English tutor saying that we say: I am going home, not I am going to home. because home is an adverb here. Why do we not follow the same guidance with sentences like: I am ...
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"Just" meaning 'simply' and as a expression of time [duplicate]

Can the adverb 'just' have those two meanings at the same time in past tenses? Example: -I just made this for you. (Can it either mean "simply did" or "recently did"?)
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strangely felt connected

a. She strangely felt connected to this man she had just met. Does this mean It was strange that She felt connected to this man she had just met. or She felt connected to this man she had just met ...
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regularly/occasionally/sometimes

Let's say I dine out once every month. I don't suppose one could say I dine out often, but I dine out regularly although infrequently. Could one say I dine out occasionally/on occasion/now and again? ...
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adjective (happy) or adverb (happily)

My parents are very ....... married. happy happily I've seen "happily" is used in sentences like this. but I want to know that is it correct if we use "happy" instead of "...
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Which one is correct? "decide suddenly to stop" or "decide to suddenly stop"

You can't decide to suddenly stop going to school. You can't decide suddenly to stop going to school
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you pushed the button too many times

Can one say a. You kicked the ball too much. instead of b. You kicked the ball too many times. ? =========================== c. You pushed the button too much. Would that mean You pushed it too hard. ...
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Adjectives ending in -ical vs those ending in -ic

I can't understand why there are these two sets of adjectives: Those ending in -ic and those ending in -ical. For example, are there any differences between cubic and cubical? Can't they be used with ...
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Question about adverbs and what they modify

Consider the following sentences I am definitely very hungry I am definitely a hungry person I am definitely hungry I am always hungry I’m unsure of how to tell what these adverbs modify. Do ...
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What does "to speak without notes" imply when giving praise to a speaker?

When you give praise to a speaker in German because they either spoke without notes at all or largely independently from their notes (e.g. by looking up, not sounding as if they were reading out, ...
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What adverb could I use before "apologizing" to mean "a lot"?

What word could I use for someone who is apologizing a lot, for example in I was ____ apologizing to them? I thought of vigorously apologizing, but it still feels like I’m forgetting a more fitting ...
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Prepositional phrase or adjective phrase

i think that we can make a step in the right direction In the sentence above, is "that we can make a step in the right direction" a noun clause or adverb clause? It's very confusing for me ...
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How to place "however" and "therefore" in a sentence?

Adverb "however" is often used to mean the opposition of the current sentence to the previous one(s). I have seen it being placed differently within a sentence by different people whose ...
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How should I understand the words 'hence' and 'also'?

In this following context, how should I understand the words 'hence' and 'also'? What does the word 'hence' refer to here? How should I take this bold and italic part? context: Here you will again ...
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How many adverbs are allowed?

I was wondering. What is the maximum number of adverbs that can be used to modify an adjective or verb? For example. Can I say: You look way so much better today Or You look very so much better today
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In the phrase "there's a good film on late", does "on" mean "on TV"?

There’s a good film on late. Usually, at the end of "there's something" or "there are some things", a specific thing follows the "there" in front. I surmise after "...
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I will grab a taxi back. vs. I will grab back a taxi

I will grab a taxi back. vs. I will grab back a taxi. Is there any difference between the two sentences?
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