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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Placement of the adverb in “The river Thames last froze over three decades ago.”

I was solving a question for TOEIC prep, and found this sentence. The question was "The River Thames last ______ over three decades ago." freeze froze frozen freezing The book says the ...
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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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Meaning of “A bigger boy ran in the back door, and kicked it to”

‘I’ll go and get him,’ said Dexter. ‘Athena – Vicki must be sat near the warmth. She’s from sunnier climes, aren’t you, Vicki.’ He rounded her up, sidling and dancing with his arms out in their big ...
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“I did well” vs. “I did good”

I did well. I did good. Which one is a correct sentence? Please explain it with reasons. Can you please define them?
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Can we say “he came past me” or “he came by me”?

We often say "he drove/walked/went by me or past me" to mean "he drove/walked/went beyond me without stopping". But there are a lot of exceptions in English. Can we say "he ...
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Usage of shortly: “I will send it shortly”

Can I use the word shortly in this sentence: Did you send the email ? No, not yet , I will send it shortly
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Little or too little

I wonder if there are any differences between in the following sentences in terms of meaning. I have little money to buy a new car. I have too little money to buy a new car. As far as I know, both ...
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What does “never” modify in “I am never late”?

I need help with the sentence: I am never late. What does the adverb “never” modify in that sentence? Does it modify the verb to be or does it modify the adjective?
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took her hand and held it tight/tightly

He took her hand and held it tight/tightly. Would using "tight" here be bad grammar? I did a search on Google that showed that "tight" was just as common as "tightly" in ...
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is to be used only vs is to be only used

I have some trouble with putting an adverb to a sentence. Which one is correct in the following sentences. This fire extinguisher is to be used only in an emergency. Or This fire extinguisher is to ...
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escorted him firmly back to his seat

The flight attendants led the drunk man back to his seat, but just a few minutes later he had left his seat again. After a longer argument with the man, the flight attendants escorted him firmly back ...
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Is “looking for the treasure” an adverbial phrase?

Is "looking for the treasure" an adverbial phrase? Some pirates spent their whole lives looking for the treasure.
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Adverbs with suffix ‘-ly’ meaning ‘in a specific way’

Can adverbs with suffix ‘-ly’ meaning ‘in a specific way’ be used only with an action word? For example, doesn’t I am happily ( in a happy way) in the bedroom make sense because ‘am’ is not an action ...
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Which word is modified by the adv 'just'?

Can I just say a word? You can just say a word. Does just modify say in first sentence ? Does just modify can in second sentence ? If so, The question and response is not corresponding how do I ...
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“I want to move here (in) San Pedro.”

I want to move here San Pedro. I want to move here in San Pedro. Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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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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Trying to undertand if a noun an be an adverb given the struture of a sentence

I'm trying to teach my 7 year old daughter English and am clearly failing given I'm asking a question here. The following sentence has me a little baffled in regards to the noun, verb and adverb. ...
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“Besides” as a sentence-initial adverb

I'm wondering if "besides" at the beginning of a sentence necessarily introduces an additional argument for a claim. Does the following sound okay? The study finds people look taller in ...
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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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Direct object or Adverb?

'He told me a story' Me- indirect object(it answers question from 'whom') A story- direct object (it answers question from 'what') 2.'He asked me to go' Here, 'me'- indirect object and also the agent ...
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More Happily… right or wrong

"Happily keeping a 4.0 GPA, more happily done with that class" Is this sentence grammatically correct? It sounds wrong but might be right. Please help.
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I am used to work(ing) inpendent(ly)

Which form is correct and why? I am used to work independently. I am used to work independent. I am used to working independently. I am used to work independent. Regards Martin
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the idiomatic usage of 'only'

There are four sentences about where to place only: It can only be used once. It can be only used once. It can be used only once. It can be used once only. Do these mean the same? If so, which is ...
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The difference between “each”, “both”, either

The issue is confusing to me. That's what I heard from natives. 1 The house has a door at either end. 2 The house has a door at both ends. Some say that 1 and 2 are correct and mean that there are ...
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What does it mean to say that an object complement describes the object?

She cut the paper gingerly. She cut him loose. gingerly above is an adverb but loose isn't. This is because gingerly describes the manner of "her" cutting the paper, but loose doesn't do ...
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Meaning of she treated me interestedly

Can ‘she treated me interestedly’ mean she treated me, I being interested? In my native language, adverbs are overused so I’m confused.
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Is “without” a preposition or an adverb in “Without thinking where I was going”? Lexical word or grammatical word?

I'm doing my English homework and I have this doubt so I would appreciate your help. I need to know whether "without" is a preposition or an adverb in this specific sentence in order to ...
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Usage of “same” as an adverb or adjective

Could I take this usage of "same" as an adverbial phrase? To save on expenses, we moved into a shared office unit with another company the same size as ourselves. Originally this sentence ...
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What is the part of speech of 'up' in the following sentences

He looked up and saw the stars. The time is up. The list is full of some ups and downs. He has just been upped to the position of a president. My answers are: Adverb 2. Adjective 3. Noun 4. Verb ...
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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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Good enough Vs well enough

Which one of the two options should I use in the following sentences: I can't play football good/well enough to be in your team. The house isn't protected good/well enough. I'm doing good/well (...
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Verb + object + to sb + adjective

Our own identities were simply given to us complete. Why doesn’t the adverb ‘completely’ comes, but adjective ‘complete’ to the end of the sentence above? Is it because that ‘complete’ modify the ...
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Confused “Complements and adjuncts” in these sentences “Did I hear this correct?” & “Am I reading this right?”

Source Complements and adjuncts are different. A complement is necessary in order to complete the meaning. An adjunct is not necessary, and adds extra information. Compare He put the cake ...
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Adverb: Please Facebook message me?

I encountered a phrase like this: we can Monte Carlo approximate it, and it is not uncomprehensible but I wonder if we can always use a noun as an adverb? Also refer to this sentence: The reason for ...
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is it “return very soon” or “return very quickly”?

Which one is correct? Yesterday Jack borrowed my bike and said he would return it very soon. and Yesterday Jack borrowed my bike and said he would return it very quickly. I think both of them are ...
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Do “for” and “since” change what the sentence implies in the present perfect tense?

When someone says "I have lived in this house." and finishes the sentence right there, does it mean they still live in that house or do we need more context to know that? What if the ...
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A problem regarding only

In the following sentence The CEO only discussed the new venture with his manager. According to the answer keys provided the above sentence is wrong. They say only should be used before the CEO ...
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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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Which of these sentences with the adverb “ever” are correct?

We always say: I have never been to London. But is it possible to say: I haven't ever been to London. Or I haven't been to London. The task was: Find a mistake in the following sentence: "...
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meaning: do something together

Does the following sentence make sense? This doesn't seem be a grammar question. Neither John nor I am having dinner together. I'd appreciate your help.
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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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Question words and Adverbs

Are the question words, such as when, where, who, why and how, adverbs? If yes, can anyone explain why they are adverbs?
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Conjunction only with an adverb

I found the expressions like ‘get back to beautiful,’ ‘treat me as happy.’ They make me wonder if it is possible to use only an adverb after the conjunction. For example, ‘I run as beautifully,’ ‘I ...
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“Bags should only be filled 1/2 full” - does the word “only” work as “not more than” here?

A translator translated the Russian sentence from an instruction Пакеты наполняют не более чем на 1/2. as Bags should only be filled to 1/2 full. The Russian sentence literally says "Fill the ...
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Can You Put An Adverb Before An Adjective

I want to know that can we place an adverb before and adjective means what is the order of placing adjectives adverbs when used together or individually
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Can 'whole' be used as an adverb?

It rained the whole week except on Sunday. In this question is the word 'whole' an adverb? Or since the word 'week' is a noun, will it become a determiner?
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Most as an adverb: before or after the main verb?

Is it acceptable to place "most" before the main verb like the sentence below? I will remember you for being strong but I will most remember you for being kind.
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turn on the white light vs turn on the light whitely [closed]

turn on the white light vs turn on the light whitely. Is there difference or just whether mostly used or not? I just want a simple answer.
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Does “right upstairs” mean “on the floor directly above”?

Background This line from Monk: Mr. Monk Makes a Friend (2007) motivates this question. Adrian Monk says this just outside his home to a friend of his. Come on, I live right upstairs. Just from this,...
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“Here” Adverb or adjective

I'm here. I have been here. In this two sentences, I'm confused "here" is whether adjective or adverb. As I know linking verbs follow adjective not adverb, it (here) would be adjective, ...

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