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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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“Much” used as an adverb in an affirmative sentence?

For much: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/150754/differences-between-very-and-very-much-as-adjective-modifiers An understanding of a sentence - much + adverb Is "very much" an ...
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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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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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What does “quite” mean in different contexts?

When I say something is quite clear, does it mean that it's 'so clear' or that it's 'moderately clear but not very'? According to Cambridge dictionary, quite can mean 'very' or 'moderately but not ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Balls A are circumferentially aligned with balls B

I created the sentence below in order to describe the image above: Red balls are circumferentially aligned with blue balls. But, after googled, I am afraid that the sentence may describe the image ...
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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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“I like swimming breaststroke” or “I like swimming the breaststroke”?

Tell me please if I need to use the before the types of swimming techniques when they are used as adverbs? For example: I like swimming (the) breaststroke. I prefer to swim (the) front crawl ...
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The use of “stand” or “stand up” in context

Tell me plese if the use of up is optional in the following context. I have been standing (up) in line for three hours. In one of English textbooks they use up, but what does it add to the meaning?...
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Monthly or per month

Which word is correct in the following sentence They pay him handsome salary and he is earning fifteen thousand rupees monthly/per month. I think both are correct
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Can I use almost and job together?

My question, as I said in the title, is that can I use almost and job together? For example, is the sentence below correct (meaning and place of almost)? Unfortunately, there is almost no job ...
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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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Place of adverb in sentences

1) It is estimated there are between 6000 and 10000 workers in the village. 2) It is estimated there are up to 6000 workers in the village. Would it be correct if i use “up to” and “ between” after ...
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is “… from in the house” or similar structure correct?

can I use (prep.+ adv.) to describle a situation more accurately? Sometimes I can find similar expression on American TV series. For example, "I can see you from in the room" is slightly different ...
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Position of an adverb

I'm confused. I have this sentence (which is almost identical to what I read in the online dictionary dict.cc) I hope he will soon get well As a native German speaker, I really think that "soon" ...
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“meanwhile”, “on the other hand”, and “nevertheless”

In the following passage, is it correct to use "however"? Could it be replaced by "meanwhile", "on the other hand", or "nevertheless"? We have to remember that adolescents are often brittle! They ...
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“Till” or “up to” or “to” or another adverb?

Which one is correct? 1) "I looked at the photo album till the last photo" 2) "I looked at the photo album to the last photo" 3) "I looked at the photo album up to the last photo" Edit: I ...
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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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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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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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“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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“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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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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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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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.) ...