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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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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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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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Difference between too and as well

What’s the difference between too and as well at the end of the phrase? E.g. I like cycling too vs I like cycling as well.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why are both “when” and “once” used in “… when it was once broken”?

Transporting the stone when it was once broken was comparatively simple. This sentence is by the English author George Orwell from the world-famous book Animal Farm. I am wondering the reason why the ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between “ required” and “ need” ? And which is the right place/situation to use this?

Usually when I talk and write a mail I am doubtful to use " required" or " need" for the situation. please help me clear understanding of the place and situation to use it properly. Thanks in advance.
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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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“How+adjective” vs '“How much +adjective”

1) How good are you? 2) How much good are you? Is the second sentence correct? What's the difference between #1) and #2)? I know that it's a simple question but I need some clarification.
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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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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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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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“Nevertheless” vs. “but”

We can't afford to buy a new car. [Nevertheless | But], my wife wants to continue to look for one. Sales of new cars have been down the past six months, [nevertheless | but] this is expected to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What do ‘Slide Away’ and ‘Slide In’ mean?

These are famous lines from a song called Slide Away by Oasis ‘Slide away and give it all you've got’ ‘Slide in baby together we’ll fly’ and I have no clue what they mean. I'm always confused when ...
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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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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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Discerning between yet and still

..he could have dwelt for a long time yet/still in that soft, well-upholstered hell, if this had not happened, this moment of complete hopelessness and despair and the tense moment when he had bent ...
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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?
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About the use of “whenever” in the headline “Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy”

Does whenever in the construction: Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy play the role of an adverb? And more generally is it grammatical to follow up a preposition with an ...
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This is often vs This often is

Is it correct to write This often is done for something. rather than This is often done for something.
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Instead followed by preposition “to”

Can I use the preposition "to" after the word "instead" in a sentence? Example: let's say I'm in a situation where I bought an used computer that gave me a lot of problems and I want to say the ...
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Why does “Mission Accomplished” not have an auxiliary verb?

I thought you need to add "is/has (been)" in between? e.g. "Mission is accomplished", "Mission has been accomplished" So as "All done", shouldn't it be "All are done", "All have been completed", etc.?...