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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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“She very wants to do it” instead of “She wants to do it very much”

Is the sentence "She very wants to do it." could be correct in a meaning of: She wants to do it very much. ? I mean to ask if it is a grammatical sentence at all.
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“simply can not be” or “can not simply be”

I am looking into adverb order in sentences and came across the following one; There are things in this world which [simply cannot be] / [cannot simply be] expressed in the form of words. Google-...
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What does “still” mean here?

How fast should you read? The answer depends on what you are reading. Sometimes you need to read things slowly and carefully. At other times, you can read quickly, and at still other times, you ...
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Where to place the adverb?

Im very confused about the answer provided by a grammarbook. This is a exercise regarding adverbs. In the exercise, I am supposed to rewrite the sentence in a correct order. Case 1 My answer: ...
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Best position for an adverb in a sentence

Consider the following sentences: I currently work as a soccer coach and have helped a number of players to considerably improve their technique. or I currently work as a soccer coach and have ...
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The verb after “thereby”

I wrote: This may be important in the context of anionic complexes extraction from water because the positive potential on the interface attracts anionic complexes to the interface, thereby ...
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Should I choose “I already belong to a museum” or “I belong to a museum already”?

Is this sentence grammatical and semantic correct? I feel like I already belong to a museum! or I feel like I belong to a museum already! or it should be something completely different?
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“as great as has”

Which sentence is more correct and why? Einstein is as great a scientest as HAS ever lived. Or, Einstein is as great a scientist as ever lived.
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Adverb for the number of people

Is there an adverb in English that can be used to refer to the number of people who do an action? For example we say Henry, Frank and Alex pulled the heavy box together. Is there a structure like ...
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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Proper use of 'there'

There is an adverb but in the following sentence as pronoun. It first said he left the mission freely, contradicting Turkish media reports that he was murdered in there. Is this correct?
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On a strictly cash basis

Can anyone explain why we say on a strictly cash basis (and not strict)? Is cash here an adjective? Is cash basis a noun phrase or compound noun?
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“surely” vs. “really"

This really looks bad. vs. This surely looks bad. What is the difference between the adverbs surely and really? Don’t they both lay emphasis on certainity? Also: You surely do know how ...
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Is LESS is a Adjective or Adverb in the particular context

You are paying less attention to your studies than you used to do. What is “less” in this sentence? A. Noun B. Verb C. Adverb D. Adjective I was studying English mcqs at a particular website which ...
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What does the adverb “out” in the sentence “We lease the land out to the forestry people” mean?

According to the dictionary: We can say "to lease something to somebody" or "lease something out to somebody" Eg: We lease the land to the forestry people. We lease the land out to the ...
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Wrongfully accused or wrongly accused?

In a court, when a person is convicted but is wrong or misjudged. Do you say: He/she is wrongfully convicted. Or He/she is wrongly convicted. A Briton writer has used "wrongly", which has made ...
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Which part of speech is “left” in this sentence?

I've always thought (perhaps, erroneously) that if there is some ambiguity in determining whether the given word is an adjective or a past participle, you need to look at whether the "source" of ...
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What does 'so' actually indicate?

There's God, so here's humans. (Meaning the reason humans exist here is that God exists there) Is it indicating 'is' here? As 'so' is classified as adverb, there seems to be no words other than '...
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Is “Aloud Reading”correct?

I was about to read a term paper written by a non-native student of English comparing between two types of reading. Then I noticed that the author started the title with ("Aloud Reading" and Silent ...
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'barely' or 'plainly' in this sentence

Can we use 'barely' or 'plainly' in this sentence? The chairman needn't even count the number of people who just raised their hands, as they were ______________ the majority.
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Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences?

Is there difference in meaning between these three sentences? He was working less hard than it's usual. He was working less hard than usual. He was working less hard than usually.
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What does “generally” refer to in this sentence?

We can see why the non-reductive understanding of the computational theory fits into scientific theorizing generally. What is the reference of "generally" exactly? Fits or theorizing?
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down: along or towards a lower point? [duplicate]

While driving down the street, Carlos sees a girl on a bicycle. Is it correct to assume that Carlos was driving along the street if the context didn't provide any information about the landscape? Or ...
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How to describe a positional relationship between two objects with respect to a certain direction?

I am trying to describe the positional relationship between the red circle and the green triangle with reference to direction A indicated by the blue arrow. I thought of two examples: The red ...
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Never in the present perfect and the past perfect

After another grammar repetition, I started thinking about adverb 'never' in the present participle and past participle. The rules say that using 'never' in the tenses is possible, but what is the ...
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Should it be “carefully” instead of “careful” in this sentence?

He paused outside the doors, taking stock of his men, careful not to give any sign of his thoughts. (source) My understanding is the phrase "careful not to give any sign of his thoughts" is an ...
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Why can't we use “almost” and “quite” together? (My textbook says we can't)

I came to know that "almost" and "quite" are not used together. But I don't get the reason why these two words can't be together. In my textbook, it's written that quite and almost both are adverbs ...
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I ALWAYS think that. What's the meaning of ALWAYS in that structure?

I wonder what's the meaning that "ALWAYS" is trying to convey when used in simple present sentences such as: I always think that John should stop drinking. I always think that Victoria lies too ...
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“taste different” or “taste differently”? [duplicate]

Tell me please if it correct different or differently in the following sentence. But eggs can taste different/differently depending on how fresh they are, the way they're cooked and the diet of the ...
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actual and actually

Is there any practical difference between the following sentences? a. That's the actual reason I'm going. b. That's the reason I'm actually going. I'd appreciate your help.
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How frequent or how frequently?

What would be the correct grammar? Should I use adverb after how? How frequent you do this? or How frequently you do this?
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Application to identify parts of speech

I’m helping my third grader with grammar homework and have differing opinions with some solutions provided to her. Is there an app where we can input sentences and they’ll identify different parts of ...
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In the way or the way

“Eat the Greek way” vs. “Eat in the Greek way” Are these sentences both correct? Have they the same meaning? Is there a difference in the grammar structure? Is there a rule that explains when to ...
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This is often vs This often is

Is it correct to write This often is done for something. rather than This is often done for something.
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What is the difference between “ required” and “ need” ? And which is the right place/situation to use this?

Usually when I talk and write a mail I am doubtful to use " required" or " need" for the situation. please help me clear understanding of the place and situation to use it properly. Thanks in advance.
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Is a preposition + an adverb a possible pattern in the English language?

Is a preposition + an adverb a possible pattern in the English language? An example sentence I know you from somewhere.
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What would “waiting” and “for” be in in terms of parts of speech in this sentence?

The sentence is, > So you have come? I have been anxiously waiting for you "Waiting" in this sentence will be a noun or a verb? I believe it is a verb because it the person is doing something here ...
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Confusion of comparative adjective and/or adverb in a sentence

An adjective is that which tells something about a noun or a pronoun. And an adverb is that which describes a verb. However, I find sentences where an adjective is used to describe a verb as follows: ...
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Difference between too and as well

What’s the difference between too and as well at the end of the phrase? E.g. I like cycling too vs I like cycling as well.
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What does “by sight” mean in this context? [closed]

They know him well by sight. Could you explain that what does "by sight" here ?
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Using “to” before adverbs of place

I'm interested in whether we can use "to" before "here" and "there". You can always return to here whenever you want. You should never go to there. Is it idiomatic in any way? Does it have a valid ...
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The position of the conjunctions and adverbials

I have some location problems with sentences that have more than one prepositional phrase or conjunction. Examples, I decided to come there yesterday. What does it mean? I decided it yesterday or I ...
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It became clear to me

Why, if clear describes the way in which "it" became more obvious, so we use an adjective (clear) instead of an adverb (clearly)?
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I'm always taking photos (present progressive usage)

A book for improving your speaking skills teaches that you have to use present progressive to sound more impressive instead of adverbs, as for the frequency of a hobby. Like this: Question: what is ...
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In “You will end up alone”, is “alone” an adjective or an adverb?

In "You will end up alone", is "alone" an adjective or an adverb? I mean, one can say that "alone" modifies the verb "end up" and, therefore, it is an adverb. However, this phrase can also be ...
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Using the definite article with “most” in an example

I know that in some cases (with adverbs) I can omit the definite article in the superlative. Would this be correct? Of all the guests, I liked them (the) most. Also, would this work with the same ...
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As much hated as much loved

I have a question about the following sentences concerning the word much: He is as hated as loved. He is as much hated as loved. He is as hated as much loved. He is as much hated as much loved. ...
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Phrase order: A house (is being built by them) (next door to our school)

I was reading an article and I found this: A house is being built by them next door to our school. If I say A house next door to our school is being built by them. Would it make any ...
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Does English (proper) allow “sharp ass claws”

we know what a person means to say when they say "the guinea-pig has some sharp ass claws" but I was wondering if the term ass actually allowed in terms of proper english. if not, then this statement ...
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Through Verb+ing

contribute to health care in an effective way through 'the delivery' of accurate diagnosis as well as 'increasing' our understanding of diseases. Is this form acceptable? I know that you can write ...