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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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 ...
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placement of “exactly” [duplicate]

Which of these is correct? Could you tell me when the results will be posted exactly? Could you tell me when the results exactly will be posted?
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Last at the end

In the following sentence I have not seen him since Wednesday last. How is last used. I think it should be I have not seen him since last Wednesday.
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Searching for adv modify

Could you please help me find (or give me) the site that explains amount of adv modify please? I found just some of them doesn’t enough hard /difficult (for ex; early,pretty,gradually and really etc.) ...
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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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Lived ever or ever lived

In the following sentence I have to spot the error Organic  pulses  are  so  popular today  that  many people wonder how they ever lived without them. The answer according to my book is ever ...
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Proper use of on Sunday

In my grammar book I read the following example sentence He goes on Sunday to church, and sits among his boys. I think the above sentence is wrong because adverb phrase of place(to church) should ...
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Regarding the meaning of “over” in “over and over again”

I am aware of the fact that the idiom: Over and over again. means repeatedly. But which meaning of the adverb over is being used in the idiom above? does it mean "Throughout a period of time"?
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about “most likely” in “It identifies those most likely to get ahead and to be more successful in their working careers.”

Does most likely within: It identifies those most likely to get ahead and to be more successful in their working careers. modify those or to get ahead ? In other words, does the sentence above ...
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Meaning of “up” in “clean up after yourself”

What does the adverb up in the idiom: Clean up after yourself. mean ?
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Using comma with “nevertheless”

I just finished reading that thread. I have some questions in my mind now. 1- As far as I understand by looking these examples, we don't really have to use comma or semicolon to connect two sentences ...
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How to use never in sentences

As a general rule If the verb is am/are/is/was the adverb never is placed after the verb Example - I am never late for school But in the following sentence I am determined never to yield ...
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Meaning of the then king

Meaning of the then king according to my book is The king then reigning Can I say The king reigning then Is there any difference. Is there any rule governing the position of then
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Grammatical function of “all” in “You ladies all have to understand its importance.”

Does all within: You ladies all have to understand its importance. play the role of an adverb?
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Meaning of still used in the sentence

What is the meaning of still used in the following sentence The revised draft merely says students may change one or more of their three languages in Grade 6 or 7, “so long as they still demonstrate ...
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Correct use of adverb in

How is the following sentence structured and to me it does not seem idiomatic The door burst open and in they came. I have a confusion regarding the use of adverb in and according to me it should ...
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Meaning of too in the following sentence

In the sentence given below Your watch is five minutes too fast. What is the meaning of too? I think five minutes fast in itself is sufficient and too does not make any sense.
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Identifying the type of adverb

There is a question in which I have to identify the type of adverb. Question sentence is The railway station is far off. What my analysis of the question is Here off is an adverb which means away ...
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The difference between hard / hardly

I had a discussion with a colleague at work. I was not able to explain why the things are the way they are. I explained him the meanings and so on, with the reason "because". Topped with "take it or ...
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Correct use of lately

According to Cambridge dictionary We don't use lately for single events that happened recently I had a strange experience lately wrong But in my grammar I found a sentence I had a letter from ...
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Grammatical function of “ever” in “His influence is greater than ever.”

What does the adverb ever in the sentence: His influence is greater than ever. modify exactly?
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“Recently my imagination works badly” is the sentence correct or not?

I want to know what time tense should I use in this sentence? I know that an adverb "Recently" is allowed to use only with the present/past perfect tenses. So I can't use it with the present simple, ...
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difference in “good” and “well” in this sentence

Which sentence is correct: your throw was good your throw was well I think that throw is verb so second should be correct ,but the sentence looks odd.
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Grammatical function of “secret” in “It's a story they've kept secret for a decade.”

Does secret in this context: It's a story they've kept secret for a decade. play the role of an adverb? If so why does no dictionary defines it as such?
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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?