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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Can every adjective be after a noun?

I’ve heard that [noun] [adjective] equals [noun] [that is] [adjective]. But, then can every adjective be after a noun? She is a girl cute. This is a book interesting. The dog black is mine. ...
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The correct order of adverbs

I can't figure out which is the correct order of adverbs in the sentences below. We met each other in the subway by chance yesterday. We met each other by chance in the subway yesterday. Could you ...
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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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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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The word “late” means “till a later time”

I got up late today. Here the word late means at a later time than usual and the opposite of early. Now, I worked late at work today. He stayed up late last night. Are these sentences fine ...
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Used to VS Before VS Earlier

If we talk about some actions which were happening in the past and don't happen anymore, we can use "used to": I used to smoke We can say the same without "used to" but with "before": I smoked ...
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I exactly will come\ I will exactly come

I got a little stuck with "exactly" in the word order: Don't doubt about me, I will exactly come to the party! Where should I put it? Can it be: Don't doubt about me, I exactly will come to the ...
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rather A than B vs A rather than B vs more of A than B

Does the position of "rather" make a difference in a comparison? For instance, is there any difference between the following sentences? He is rather a writer than a politician. He is a writer rather ...
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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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When to use “I” or “I am”

I've been having some texting with someone else. None of us are English native speakers, but we are both pretty advanced. She thinks I'm more advanced than her, although I think I just have more ...
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the position of 'annually' in the 'as much amount of soybeans as' sentence

If you were to say the annual consumption of soybeans by one American is about the same as that by one Canadian, where would you place annually? [1] One American consumes about as much amount of ...
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Is there an adjective that means “elsewhere”?

Let's say we have an example: Sorry, I just meant something I observe in elsewhere discussions, not in our past topics Since elsewhere is an adverb, not adjective, the example is ungrammatical. "...
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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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Meaning of the adverb “especially” after a subject in context

Tell me please what especially means in the following sejtence. All my family likes music. My father, especially, goes to as many concerts as he possiblay can. I would get it if there were the ...
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How to use the verb “play”?

A class has particularly enjoyed a film and want to see it again. Could they ask their teacher: "Could you play it again please?"
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“Straight up and down” meaning

A dictionary defines the word vertical adj as: straight up and down. So can I say someone draw a line that is straight up and down? Can the word horizontal mean straight from side to side? Please ...
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Truly VS really

1>Mahatma Gandhi was really a great man 1>Mahatma Gandhi was truly a great man If somebody says I have got job . we say really? but not truly? we say the question paper is reallydifficult but ...
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Why the adverb “lately” is sometimes used with the present progressive?

The following example is from this video. It is at 5 minutes and 48 seconds. You are killing it lately. I am confused because as this dictionary says the adverb is usually used with perfect tenses,...
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Why, speaking of a colonoscopy, does it say “they put it up your bottom” and not “they put it up through your bottom”?

This is a piece of dialogue about a colonoscopy from the series "Outnumbered" s03e03: — Yes, but how does it get inside your insides? — Well, they put it up your bottom. Why not "they put it ...
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it was six months away

a. It was six months away from his graduation from college. b. It was six months from his graduation from college. c. He was six months away from graduating from college. d. He was six ...
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“As I said it earlier” or “As I said it before”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct, and if the are both correct, then is there any difference in meaning? As I said it earlier he was not going to win. As I said it ...
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(Run him over / Run over him) Which is correct?

He was run over by a truck. So, in this case which is correct? a. A truck ran him over. b. A truck ran over him. I think 'over' in 'a' sentence is adverb and 'over' in 'b' sentence is ...
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But now he has come to

In the Orient Long Man's dictionary Word Master I have found the different uses of ' to' - as a preposition, to infinitive and an adverb The example is given for its use as an adverb He was ...
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Is there an adverb like “in during”, for a meaning similar to “on the way”?

I am inclined to use the phrase "in during" to end some of my sentences. Here's an example: I was headed to the library, and I've talked with my mom on the phone in during. Does this phrase exist? ...
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About the use of “still” in this context

The following text is an excerpt from this article (the last paragraph) : But the dyspeptic diatribes came in spurts, and the president whipsawed between frustration and freewheeling meetings and ...
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“Besides” Vs “Plus” Vs “On top of that”

As you know, both of the adverbs "plus" and "besides" and also the idiom "on top of that" are all informal and a as far as I'm concerned, mean the same thing. (I know they have other meaning! I'm ...
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“Meanwhile” Vs “In the meantime” Vs “At the same time”

I wonder which choice works and which doesn't work in each example and why? Jim went to answer the phone. ............., Nancy started to prepare lunch. a. meanwhile b. in the meantime c. ...
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Adjective or adverb before another adjective

I am aware that adjectives only modify nouns, while adverbs modify everything else (verbs, adjectives and other adverbs). However I'm experiencing some difficulty identifying these two expressions ...
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Tomorrow used as an adjective

Is the following sentence correct? He has given me a lot of documents to read before the presentation tomorrow. I think it should be He has given me a lot of ...
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How to understand the adverb word `declaratively ` in there?

When I read the document: Airship is a collection of loosely coupled but interoperable open source tools that declaratively automate cloud provisioning. What's the meaning of declaratively? How ...
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'On the other hand' usage

Not only large organizations but also small institutions would certainly break down if clear lines of authority did not exist. On the other hand, if abused, power can be corrupt power holder. For ...
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What is the grammartical function of the prepositional phrase in the sentence?

It is likely that the person who led you through the zoo helped you to learn a lot. I wonder what is the grammatical function of the prepositional phrase in the above sentence? In my opinion, the ...
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COUNTER-INTUITIVELY

I am trying to figure out what "counter intuitively" actually means but I just can't understand and perceive it. I searched up the dictionary and it says "counter intuitive" is "something that is ...
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Use of definite article with superlative adverbs

What is the exact rule of using the definite article with superlative adverbs? Had asked this question on the English language and usage site also, but no exact answer was given. For example: "...
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What does “well” mean, in the phrase “well before”

The book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by By Michael Lewis" says But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it – before I had a story to fall in love ...
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“Hardly anything has changed.” — what is 'Hardly' used for here?

Hardly anything has changed. The above format is common. However, I do not understand the role of 'Hardly' here. According to SpaCy it is used as an adverb-modifier (advmod) of the main-verb: '...
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Adverb instead of adjective

I read the sentence “Last Christmas I was poorly” and don’t understand why an adverb is used to describe a person instead of the adjective “poor”. Is it an exception?
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“Then” before verb

I saw the sentence in a book. because we then know the precise process Why did the writer use "then" before "know"?
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Is there any difference in meaning between “how” and “what” when each is used to start a subordinate clause?

Is there any difference between how and what in the following sentence? Anny was just telling Wendy how she liked to eat the ice cream at the shop. Anny was just telling Wendy what she liked to eat ...
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Why did my “seldom” get corrected?

In an answer in the Spanish site about the use of timbre in European Spanish I tried to say that there is a specific meaning of the word that I know but very infrequently get to use, so I wrote this: ...
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using “to” with modified “home”

My grammar reference book says that I can't use preposition "to" with adverb "home": I'm tired. Let's go home now. not I'm tired. Let's go to home now. But what if I want to specify whose home ...
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up/down for something

Words up and down are opposite to each other. But both up for something and down for something have the same meaning "willing to take part in something". How did this come into being? What is the ...
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Is over here/ over there preposition?

I wonder if my knowledge is right regarding the following phrases being prepositions: i) over here ii) over there Both having the same construction= over (preposition) + here/there (adverb) ...
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The use of adverbs “most” and “best” in context

Tell me please if there is any difference between the following sentences. I like fried fish the best. I like fried fish the most. By the way, what if I omit the definite article, will the ...
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Dogs are the best pet/pets?

I always think that the best must be followed by a singular noun as follows: Dogs are the best pet. However, I found this while reading: Dogs are the best pets. Is this grammatically correct?
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Can an adverb modify an adverb

Can an adverb modify an adverb? I have heard “extremely carefully” used by a friend as in the sentence: The plane was extremely carefully repaired. Is that correct?
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Dilemma in using “so” or “too”

I always believe that the usage of so and too is different from each other: He is so busy until he is able to forget his problems. (=+ve sense) and another one He is too busy until he does not ...
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Apart from a good student, he is a good son too

I argue that the following sentence is grammatically correct: Apart from a good student, he is a good son too. Wouldn't it better to say: Apart from being a good student, he is a good son too. I ...
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Usage of “thus”

I am having a hard time understanding the second meaning of 'thus' which is "in this way". According to this website, the 'thus' in the first sentence is used the second meaning. Can I use these two ...
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An adverb for performing a punitive action on someone who is actually not guilty?

What's the right adverb for describing a punitive action that is done when the one being punished is actually not guilty? For example, Those who had been ___________ly thrown into prisons and ...