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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Only how clause

A. We no longer worry about only how to stay alive ; we now worry about working for a living and how to spend our spare time . B. Older print publication systems had no capability to know what the ...
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The sentence “I just have noticed now […]”, tense and adverbial constructions

The phrase I just noticed now [...] seems to be quite common, as a google query reveals. However, I am wondering why is simple past used here, and also why not "justly" instead of "...
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Putting “only” in front of a clause in order for “only” to be focused on the clause

If the focus is a whole clause, we can put only in front position: Ex) My arm hurts but only when I try to raise it. I just came across this explanation above in this link : https://www.google.com/amp/...
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Is 'I'm' a verb, noun, adjective, or adverb? [closed]

I am currently doing my online work, and I was sorting verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs. I was doing well, until 'I'm' came up. I would really appreciate it if someone could answer my question, is ...
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“short” vs “shortly” as adjective

"Short" seems to have two adverbs, "short" and "shortly", with different meanings. The first seems to be used primarily idiomatically ("he stopped short"), but ...
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no later than ~ VS by no later than ~

I am familiar with "no later than"". However, I have seen "by no later than". As far as I know, "no later than" has meaning as follows. ​by a particular time and ...
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Question About adveral clause

The things as they are expected to help us, As sentence above, I heard that 'as clause' is a adverbal clause, but I want to know that what someone said is right, that is, This adverbal clause modifies ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “still” and “so far” when used in negative present perfect sentences?

Could you please tell me if there is any difference in meaning between still and so far when used in negative present perfect sentences? For example: So far I haven't found a job. I still haven't ...
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Adverb or Adjective?

How to use and differentiate between linking verb and main verb? For example, in the below sentences, should I use adjective or adverb: He did great / greatly. She dances amazing / amazingly. He ...
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Is there any difference between “already” and “now” when used with the present perfect?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between already and now when used with the present perfect? For example: I have already had five tablets, so I know a thing or two about them. I have had ...
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Can I use “carefully” and “cautiously” interchangeably in this context?

She carefully/cautiously stepped back to the body, grabbed the gun, and ran out of the room. I can't figure out if I should use "carefully" or "cautiously" in this context. Are ...
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to transfer to or for transfer to

Which of these examples is correct? As she prepares for her transfer to a new academy to pursue her formation or As she prepares to transfer to a new academy to pursue her formation
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I don't think I was fairly treated, but “then” that's life, isn't it?

What is "then" here? I can hardly understand the "then" here. "Then" means at a particular time in the past or in the future.
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Conditional type 2 with an adverb of time

Is it possible to use conditional type 2 with an adverb of time and would it change its meaning? For example: What would you do if you lost your job? comparing to: What would you do if you lost ...
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“Goes to”/“Goes over to”

Alan sees Mary standing at the other end of the bar. He goes (over) to her and says "hi". Would it sound odd if I didn't add "over" in this sentence?
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What is the function of “unmodified” in “It is passed unmodified to the next block”?

What I have learnt so far, an adverb can be placed adjacent to a verb. For example, It is directly passed to the next block. or It is passed directly to the next block. I found a sentence as ...
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believe wholeheartedly [closed]

Does (1) sound natural in English? What we believe wholeheartedly is not necessarily the truth. What we believe with all our hearts is not necessarily the truth.
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Is crorrect and natural to say “don't do something nearly as much as someone”?

Could you tell me if it is crorrect and natural to say don't do something nearly as someone? For example: Sara doesn't eat nearly as much sugar as you. What I'm trying to say that Sara eats a lot ...
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Applying adjective/adverb to nouns/verbs in a conjunction sentence

Take this simple sentence for example: I like dogs and cats. Which means I like dogs and I like cats. Simple. What if I add an adjective "big" before the word "dogs"?: I like big ...
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Adjective or Adverb?

When someone asks "How are you doing?". Is it: I am doing bad. I am doing badly. Though I always hear the first one, I think the second is more correct because here, doing acts as a verb(...
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What is the importance of “however” in this specific sentence?

Kindly read the last sentence of this paragraph: "In the 1920s, a German named Adi Dassler created a new sneaker brand that he named after himself: Adidas. His brother, Rudi, later started his ...
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Can I use adverbs in a different way?

1. "Something scientifically in white helps to avoid car accidents." 2. "Something in white helps to avoid car accident scientifically because clothes are bright." 1 means that ...
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kind of VS a little

While I was learning "kind of" and "a little" based on the below captured meanings, I realized the below points. (1) "kind of" can be placed before verbs and after be-...
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Can we say “x is almost double y” if x is more than y doubled?

I just read a sentence in an English lesson: Male winnings were almost triple those of female earnings. (Talking about male vs female earnings in a golf competition). However, the graph shows that ...
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Why is it “you look beautiful” and not “you look beautifully”? [duplicate]

You look beautiful "Beautiful" is an adjective here. We often use "adverbs" to modify "verbs". Here the verb is "look" and instead of an adverb, we have an ...
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“Namely” vs. “specifically”

We need more information about this guy. Specifically / Namely, what is his name, where he lives, and whether he has a gun. It is assumed that we don't need any other facts. We don't care whether he ...
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Does “right upstairs” mean “on the floor directly above”?

Background This line from Monk: Mr. Monk Makes a Friend (2007) motivates this question. Adrian Monk says this just outside his home to a friend of his. Come on, I live right upstairs. Just from this,...
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twice I married a French woman

a. Twice, I almost married a French woman. b. I almost married a French woman twice. Do those imply that it was the same woman? Do those imply that I married a French woman once and almost had a ...
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almost fell twice

a. I almost fell twice yesterday. Does that mean Twice, I almost fell yesterday. or I only fell once yesterday but I had a near miss as well. ?
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Why is it “half as much” and not “a half as much”?

Why is it acceptable to say "It is half as much" but not "It is a half as much" When you can say: "It is a third as much" but not "It is third as much" What is ...
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“first done” vs “firstly done”

What is correct, "firstly done", or "first done". For example, in the sentence: Investigating tropical insects was firstly done by James T. Shaw. I guess "firstly" is ...
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Tom is up on the 22nd floor now

Tom is up on the 22nd floor now. I am wondering about the meaning of "up". I am familiar with describing someone who lives on the 5th floor, like the under sentence. He is on the 5th floor. ...
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In the sentence “we always buy toilet paper in bulk”, does 'in bulk' function as an adverb or adjective?

Does in bulk modify buy as in we buy loads of toilet paper or does it elaborate on the number of toilet papers we buy? Is one way of seeing it less wrong than the other? Based on my intuition, I am ...
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When not to use the preposition “to”

I'm going to Spain tomorrow. The last time I visited Spain it was great. After that, I will go home. Why don't English speakers say I'm going to home. I have visited to Spain. "To" would ...
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Does “I'm staying in Dallas through April” mean until April 1 or until April 30?

So, this is embarrassing ... I'm a native English speaker, and someone told me they're "staying in Dallas through April." Does that mean they're leaving Dallas April 1 or April 30? This post ...
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“She managed to successfully start her car” or “She managed to start her car successfully”

Are there any rules as to the position of an adverb? For example: She managed to successfully start her car She managed to start her car successfully Can I use either of them?
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What kind of adverb is the word “most”?

I am analyzing a sentence where I have this phrase: They are the ones most affected. "Most" here is an adverb, isn't? So, what kind of adverb is it?
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Is the adverb “yet” redundant?

I mention some project and I say, “It is not finished.” Is adding the adverb “yet” provide anything extra (perhaps, implying that some people are still working on it, versus it is abandoned; or ...
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Difference: “Come from beneath”/“Come from the beneath”

I've seen both "come from beneath" and "come from the beneath" being used. Are they both correct grammatically? If so, do they have different connotations? Example from https://www....
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-ing forms of verb. Gerund or participle? Adverb or Adjective?

I try to figure out these "-ing" forms in the following examples. They appears to be participles but not used as adjectives, and more like adverbs (complementing the action of the verbs). ...
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Special usage of verbs - like “to have [some property]” - in sentences

What is the "grammatical category" of "to have" in these contexts? We choose these words to have length at least two. He built this car to have better aerodynamic properties. ...
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“around or about + an amount of time”

She's been pregnant [for] about/around 5 weeks. Which one is more preferable and more commonly used in the sentence above? For me, both are interchangeable. But I can't articulate why. It feels like ...
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Can I use the adverb 'each' like this?

If two boys jump and two boys jump, 'two boys each (=four boys) jump' makes sense?
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He loved painting and writing

He loved painting and writing, ___ he chose to become an engineer. for so therefore yet I am stuck here because I think option 2. works if that is civil or architectural engineering. And I think ...
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Using the adverb “even”

Could anyone please let me know whether the usage of the adverb "even" in either case below is grammatically correct. I hate her. She's always treated me so badly that...... a. I'm even ...
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is to be used only vs is to be only used

I have some trouble with putting an adverb to a sentence. Which one is correct in the following sentences. This fire extinguisher is to be used only in an emergency. Or This fire extinguisher is to ...
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the placement of adverb “not” for infinitive verbs

A recent article in Politico had the following title "Advisers almost universally encouraged Trump to not say much this week and urged him not to take questions on Friday after his first public ...
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Please explain the use of the word Easy in this sentence

The tennis player, easy through the opening set against her opponent, rallied to take the final two sets for the biggest victory of her young career. Of the following pattern, which one is implied ...
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Which parts of speech do the following words belong to?

Who does he live with? The kids are playing outside. I couldn't find anyone to talk to. She died on the 5th and was buried the day after.
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Will I get marked down if I omit the same subject after adverb?

When using a conjunction("and" for example), we can always omit the identical subject so I am wondering whether it is possible to omit the same subject before adverb like "therefore&...

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