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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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is it correct to use the adverb “possibly” this way in a sentence?

Is it right to say: These are the possibly required files by the dean. I mean the use of "possibly" here: is it correct?
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About the use of “whenever” in the headline “Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy”

Does whenever in the construction: Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy play the role of an adverb? And more generally is it grammatical to follow up a preposition with an ...
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What do ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Slide In’ mean?

These are famous lines from a song called Slide Away by Oasis ‘Slide away and give it all you've got’ ‘Slide in baby together we’ll fly’ and I have no clue what they mean. I'm always confused when ...
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Correct place of the adverb never

What is the difference between the following two sentences regarding the position of never? There never has arisen a great man who has not been misunderstood. There has never arisen a great ...
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Understanding the construction

I am given an exercise in which I the correct form of the verb sink is to be filled in a sentence- And thousands had _________ to the ground overpower'd. Though I know sunk will be used. But I ...
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Whether to use direct or directly

I have learned that direct is both adjective and adverb. Then why we use directly in sentences. One of those sentences is- The sun shone directly in my eyes. You will report directly to the ...
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“Hug me as tightly as how much you love me” Is this correct?

"Hug me as tightly as how much you love me." "Hug me as tightly as you love me." "Hug me as much tightly as you love me." Which is correct? Or any other suggestions?
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“That much more so”

Two lines in the movie The Kingdom go: And after speaking with Thamer, I advised withholding additional U.S. Personnel, because a large part of the religious justification for these bombs is the ...
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Look dangerously or dangerous

I wondered which is correct one- Not look dangerously Not look dangerous As look is verb, so adverb dangerously should be used But somewhere I saw Not look dangerous is correct
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Somewhere vs. elsewhere

What is the difference between somewhere and elsewhere. My understanding is: Somewhere-at a particular unknown place. Elsewhere-at some place. They seem identical.
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Praise all alike

Praising all alike is praising none. This sentence is fine. But if I say Praising alike all is praising none. This is a bit weird. Why? Is there any rule that governs placing adverbs in a ...
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my response is coming just up to now

First of all, let me apologize that my response is coming just up to now. I would like to ask a native speaker whether the sentence makes sense, especially the bolded part. I would like to express ...
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Choose correct sentence

He reached the village just when the sun was setting. When just the sun was setting he reached the village. When the sun was setting he just reached the village. He just reached the village when the ...
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Use of “past” in sentence

Would you be okay drinking milk that is few days past its expiration date? I couldn’t understand how the past is used in this sentence . Is it adverb or preposition?
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“It seems that Japanese customs have been changing since around 1920 little by little.” What’s the mistake?

According to “Objective IELTS” the above mentioned sentence needs the following correction: It seems that Japanese customs have been changing little by little since around 1920. What is the ...
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Interrogative adverb vs interrogative pronoun

Is this sentence first word Where did you find the book at last? Is (Where) an interrogative pronoun/adverb?
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He lives as he wants

Which is correct? He lives as he wants He lives how he wants
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I am feeling well, though not feeling well but feeling good

I was thinking about sentences like: It sounds good It sounds well I didn't see a difference and couldn't understand why "good" was used more often than "well" and I found some interesting example.....
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Absence of inversion when adverbs of place and direction go in front position

Adverbs of place and direction usually go in end position. However, they can be put in front position to emphasize location (and in this case, inversion is frequently used): “Next to the bookshelf ...
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but if I get, I'd get badly

Let's suppose someone is making you to go haywire and you're going to get furious. You are about to warn them grinding your teeth regarding your character and say that you have a long fuse and can ...
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“This extreme…” or “This extremely…”?

I know that this question can be applied to other words in their adjective and adverb forms. But as I came across "extreme", I'm specifying my question about it. I have found them both possible ...
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Position of an adverb in the sentences

today I wrote a sentence like this: “He punched the zombies shamelessly.” But an English man said that it was not correct, it should be: “He shamelessly punched the zombies.” He could not ...
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Use of “double-sided “

I wonder if double-sided can be used as an adverb as is the case with sentence below. I found this sentence on the internet . This table was designed as double-sided foldable .
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how to use “best” as adverb?

I have come across the below sentence: Watching sports is a very social pastime and best experienced at the place where the match is unfolding. I believe here "best" is used as an adverb. But I am ...
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It’s all well and good

I know usually well is an adverb and good is an adjective. I can clearly see in the expression It’s all well and good that well is an adverb for is. Forgive my ignorance, but what is ‘good’ in ...
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Longer or any longer?

If I can say this: Will you be doing it any longer? What if I will say: Will you be doing it longer? am I obliged to use "any" or it can exist without it? Would the sense change?
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Any more\anymore\any longer\no longer\ no more

I wanted to say a sentence below but I made whole 5 variants of how it could be said. Do they really mean the same or the differ somehow? 1) From what shelf will people not be taking milk any ...
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“move two inches” vs. “move by two inches”

He walks two kilometers every day. Is two kilometers a adverb here? Which is more appropriate: He moved two inches. He moved by two inches. Explain. Thank you.
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What type of adverb is this?

This is a question from my book: Always speak the truth. (a). Simple adverb of Number (b). Simple adverb of Manner (c). Simple adverb of Negation (d). Simple adverb of Degree ...
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Use of “in” to show form of something

Use of “in” to show form of something confuses me. I mean can it be used in every structure while identifying form of something. Would the sentence below be correct ? New fish oils will be in pill ....
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Is there an adverb in here?

Is there any adverb in the below sentences? Here in this link, it says other adverbs can be used in similar constructions with various effects. He is liable to get in trouble. She is certain to ...
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Correct usage with adverbial clauses

She forces him to help steal the money, then she blackmails him and takes it for herself. First he said that he was right leaning, now he's saying he is left leaning. He'd lost all his money on the ...
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Read it in the comment section below \ given below

As we know that the word below acts as an adverb and preposition. Sentences: Read it in the comment section below. Read it in the comment section given below. Are they both correct? Explain.
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What's the difference between “Then it really got stormy” and “Then it got really stormy”?

I've noticed that adjectives are often placed loosely in sentences in English, that is, sometimes I find it hard to locate the word that they modify. Farlex Grammar provides some clues on the order of ...
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Meaning of running out into the road

My dog is very silly ; he is always running out into the road. What does running out into mean?
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“Early”-— adjective to adverb

In his early matches he was not quite good. But if I would like to say the same: When he was playing { gap } he wasn't quite good. Should I put early as an adverb in the gap?
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The priority of the adverb “at first” and the modal “should” [closed]

Which one is the correct usage ? We at first should examine all documents We should at first examine all documents I think the second one sounds more correct.
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“High” as an adverb?

They maintained high prices. They maintained the prices high. Is there any difference between these two sentences? Is the former grammatical correct? Why or why not?
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“As cool as ice” vs “cool as ice”

The examples: Meet Val Kilmer, who's cold as ice. Meet Val Kilmer, who's as cold as ice. Is the use of "as" in the first sentence grammatical? Why or why not? Does it retain the same ...
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Adjective form of “over the years”

Adverbs to. Adjectives quickly to quick , well to good My problem is: He has earned the money over the years. Can I say: The money is his over-the-years earning? Thank you....
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Adverb vs preposition

He is going up the mountain road. He is going up along the mountain road. In 1, up is working as a preposition, while along is the preposition in the 2. Do the both carry same meaning? Thank you.
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Using While in a sentence

Today when I was watching Impractical Jokers, in an episode one of the guys was tasked with "hit on a girl while wearing a skirt and heels". Is it me or "while" here seems redundant? If I remove ...
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Adverbs before adjectives

Generally speaking, adverbs modify verbs, and adjectives modify nouns. However, I guess adverbs can modify nouns as well. With that said, I recently came across the following sentence that just struck ...
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Is it OK to use “slowly” after “to edge”?

I came across a sentence Why does a car have to edge forward slowly when turning from a side street into a main street? The use of slowly made me look up the definition of edge as a verb in a ...
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Usage of adverb in a sentence

Is the usage of 'starting' in this sentence correct? I'll begin my diet starting from next week.
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The way to use ''less'' in senteces

My mom told me to add one spoonful of sugar less than amount in recipe into cake batter. The word ''less'' always confuses me. Is the way "less" is used in the sentence correct? If so, is it an ...
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What is the difference between “The longest” and “Longest”

hello guys i came across a question that is: Mammoth Cave in Kentuck,Whic is ...... cave in the world,has 345 miles of subterranean passageways. i reduced the answers to the longest and longest.But ...
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The position of an Adverb

Let us get rid of forcefully taking stuff... In the above sentence, is the position of the Adverb 'forcefully' right? I feel it a bit unnatural and also I am unable to make mind where exactly in the ...
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Is there a comma before “and soon” at the end of a sentence?

I'm proofreading for an author and his sentence is, in essence, written like this: Bob will be exposed for his bad deeds and soon. I think you need a comma before "and soon," but I can't find a ...
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There\here with to\towards\within

As I was told we couldn't say: 1) Money isn't returned to here. 2) Money isn't returned towards here. 3) Money isn't returned within here. We can only say: Money isn't returned here ...