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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 a noun be an adverb?

Here is a sentence: I can barely see a foot in front of me in this fog. As a standalone sentence, it can't be the answer to the question starting with "What can you..." since "a foot" here is a ...
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Order of adverb “immediately” in a phrase

I've been struggling with this aspect of the English language and i don't know if there are some rules to it that can help me. I've looked for answers on the internet but so far i haven't found ...
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“For at least” vs. “at least for” ?

What do you prefer, or which one is more acceptable; putting the adverbs or phrases before the preposition, or after. He has been jailed at least/nearly for 5 years. He has been jailed for at ...
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“Will” vs “Maybe I will” and “I think I will”

Almost every English grammar book I`ve studied claims that "Will" is used to talk about plans decided at the moment of speaking. Sentences like "I will help you" or "I'll wait for you" give a strong ...
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“He won't (likely) be… so much… as for…” How can I paraphrase it?

He won't likely be remembered so much for his accomplishments as for his character. Is this sentence similar to the following? He will be remembered for his character rather than for his ...
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Can direct be used correctly as an adverb, and if so how is it different from directly?

I read this on the web: "International students can apply direct to the University of Western Sydney." How can "direct" which is a verb acts as an adverb? Is it possible ? Although I think it ...
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He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still/yet not able to solve it

Sentence improvement: He has been working on the problem for a long time but is still not able to solve it. I believe this sentence is correct. But the answer to of this question is to place yet ...
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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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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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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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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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Are con­junc­tions like “and” al­lowed be­fore a tran­si­tion word?

In this sen­tence, is it gram­mat­i­cally cor­rect to use and be­fore con­se­quently? He did not sub­mit the ap­pli­ca­tion by the dead­line and con­se­quently, his ap­pli­ca­tion was not con­sid­...
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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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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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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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Why “much” + adjective is wrong while “much” + comparative is right?

I would like to ask for your opinion on why much can not describe a normal adjective while it can describe a comparative form of an adjective. For instance, the sentence 1, 2 are wrong while 3, 4 are ...
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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." 1. freeze 2. froze 3. frozen 4. freezing ...
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With indefinite noun phrase how can we say 'there' is an adverb?

There is a place, next to him, sit there. There is the place, next to him, sit there. Here is my question. We can use a definite noun phrase with 'there' when 'there' means 'in that place' , but in (...
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Adverbs for the verb “overlap”

I want to say something like My research interest has a big overlap with professor A in area B. by saying that Professor A's interest in B overlaps my interest _____ Since this will be in my ...
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Can “also / as well / too” and “always” be in the same sentence?

In Longman dictionary GRAMMAR: Word order • Already often comes at the end of a sentence: I knew that already. I was tired already. I have booked the tickets already. As well as ...
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When can we put an adverb before “be verb”?

I often hear people say: A: She is beautiful B: She certainly is. but we say "They are definitely suited for each other." & don't say "They definitely are suited..." because it sounds ...
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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 expressed in the form of words. I think the above should better ...
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Adverb after very much

You helped me very much again. Is this sentence correct? If it is correct, does it sound kind of odd?
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why we need dummy subjects and it's usage?

There is a book on the table -- existential clause A book is on the table -- basic version A book is there -- (there= on the table, adverb of place) An existential clause is a clause that refers to ...
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The So and Such Choice

We can say: I know such a good place I heard we could also say: I know a so good place OR I know so good a place Is it true or not and how would it be if not and if yes and so on=)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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“BY” as an Adverb

sentences where 'by' is used as an adverb: He just passed by. He had already gone by. I know the only one use of by as an Adverb, ie, the above. INTERNET didn't help me enough. Please ...
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After linking verb whether adjectives or adverbs

I know after linking verb, Adjectives should be used, not adverbs. For example I'am fine (not well, as WELL is an adverb). But how you explain the following sentences , I'm abroad. I'm home. I'm ...
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Home vs at home

I'm at home. I usually take my breakfast home (without preposition). I usually take my breakfast at home(or at my home ;with preposition) In the first sentence, at home is an adjective preposition ...
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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,isn't it?
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There and to there/thereto

Please, help me to solve this moment, which has been torturing me for a long time The sentence: -Where are you, he can't see you, you are already going somewhere there or only to there? I mean I ...
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Usage of ''as'' before adjective

Can I use "as" to make adjective into adverb like examples below: 1) I always think as different from other people. 2) I always think differently from other people. Are both sentences have same ...
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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 ...