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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Using adverbs “generally” or “in general”

Is there any difference between Additionally, and In addition, at the beginning of the sentence? The same question for Generally, and In general,. Some that using ly at the beginning is very formal ...
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“I don't always” vs. “I always don't”

Is there any difference between these two sentences? I don't always get up early. I always don't get up early. I know it's one of the silliest questions ever, but, to my shame, I wasn't able to ...
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Placement of “either” (and the verbs that follow)

Are these right? Can the word either be put in either place? David will either write or have written. David either will write or have written. ...... What about when mixing a gerund and a ...
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Would you tell me more about “however” vs. “still” vs. “nevertheless” [closed]

In this example, is there any difference between these two words? Which one should be used, and why? I enjoyed the trip very much; however, my roommate did not. I enjoyed the trip very much; ...
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Position of adverbs in a sentence with modals + present perfect

This is how I would position the adverbs in the following sentences: Jan can't ever have seen a mobile phone before. Arnie must have undoubtedly been treated badly. If my word order is correct,...
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Never act rudely toward your parents OR Never act saucily toward your parents

Which one of the following choices sounds natural: Never act rudely toward your parents. Never act saucily toward your parents. If neither works as a natural way to say that, I would be ...
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Would you tell me if I have used EMPHATIC ADVERB correctly?

Do you have your driving licence with yourself? Do you have your driving licence with you? Would you tell me which one is right? Thanks in advanced
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Is there any difference between “[Only/All/All] that I need is”?

Is there any difference between: Only I need is All I need is All That I need is I noticed that this phrase is used with nouns after "is", can I use this phrase with verbs? for example: Only I ...
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What kinda construction 'everything else fails' is?

We all have used it several times... When everything else fails try/do [something] While going through the definitions, I came across this - else - In addition; besides But then, if we go by ...
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Would you tell me what BUT means here?

Would you tell me what BUT means here? I think it means BUT FOR, or OTHER THAN. I have no choice but to listen to the doctor.
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Would you help me with adverbs, such as also?

Not only did he give everyone gifts but he invited them to a party also. Not only did he give everyone gifts but he invited them to a party as well/too. Which one is more common? or which one is ...
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Would you please tell me whether they are the same or not?

Would you tell me if the followings are the same? Bob didn't know how to swim. However, she jumped into the pool. Bob didn't know how to swim. Yet she jumped into the pool.
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“By the time” = “Before”?

By the time he comes, we will have already left. Have I correctly reworded the sentence above? Before he comes, we will have already left.
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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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Which “nor” is right? inversion or not?

Most problem children neither like school nor do they feel comfortable there. Most problem children neither like school nor feel comfortable there. Would you please tell me which one is correct?
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Would you tell me how to equal the sentences, using BY THE TIME AND WHEN

By the time the first snowflake fell, Mario had made a warm fire and was enjoying the view. When Mario made a warm fire and was enjoying the view, the first snowflake fell. Would you tell me if ...
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What grammatical function do down and nearly serve in the following sentence?

What grammatical function do "down" and "nearly" function as in the following sentence? Sales of our best-sellers are down nearly 10 percent. I believe that down functions as an adjective and nearly ...
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Using the adverb “not”

The night was so quiet that not a sound could be heard. Would you possibly tell me if the following, which I have just written, is correct or not? And could you tell me in what topic of grammar I can ...
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Do you know any other adverb like this? [duplicate]

Be assured, you are in numerous company... My professor already has said to me that BE ASSURED is an adverb here. Do you know any other example like that in such situation?
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Can an adverb follow “to be”?

Consider these examples: They are everywhere. There is food everywhere. I used sentences like these a lot but lately I realize that everywhere is an adverb. What about those grammar rules that ...
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Is it fine to say “completely” to lay stress on relativity of something

Please note the wording bellow. It seems completely relatively great but actually its final impact is not that great. Or Relatively speaking, It completely seems great but actually its final ...
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An economical problem or an economic problem?

The confusion occurred as both are adjectives. Months back, one of the native speakers here corrected me when I said... I asked about the economical economic problems of the nation. I think it's ...
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Any possible adj of encourage?

I would like to know an proper equivalent adjective of the verb called 'encourage' For example: I am talking with my friend about a topic as follows: Me: This topic makes me encourage for ...
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Question about “lately”

What does "lately" mean? And should I always use Perfect times if I say "lately" like this: "I have been playing a game a lot lately." Why is "I was playing a game a lot lately" incorrect?
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“Strong enough” or “enough strong”?

She is enough strong. She is strong enough. Would you explain your explanations in detail? I am confused.
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what is the difference between these? or in which way these has been used?

...because the floors and roof have strong enough beams to span. ...because the floors and roof have enough strong beams to span. ...because the floors and roof have strong beams enough to span. ...
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What part of speech is NEAR here?

The lake was near bursting point as it had been raining heavily for weeks. What part of speech is NEAR here? and WHY?
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Fast and Quickly; adverbs

Which of the two following sentences is more appropriate to say: You must write fast. You must write quickly. I know the answer, but I need to explain it to somebody. It would be of great help ...
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Is “You gonna slice them up real nice” right?

From Friends(S02E14): You gonna slice them up real nice? (referring to cut up tomatoes) Is it grammatically right to use the word nice? Should it be an adverb? Such as: You gonna slice them up ...
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CONFUSION IN sentences formation

I could have done as good as you did or I could have done as good as you. Which sentence is correct and why? And can we use "as better as"—I mean is there any phrase like that? And is this ...
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Would you possibly tell me which one you apply?

Would you possibly tell me which one you apply? I do not want a pen, but a bag. I want not a pen, but a bag.
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There should be an article (A or The)

I was reading a novel and I think, there is a mistake, they missed an article as per me but I am not sure yet, so putting this here. In the book, it has been written: Destiny, it is way over the ...
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Adverbs at the beginning of a sentence

I found this sentence from my dictionary. I wonder why "had" is before "a moment". Hardly had a moment passed before the door creaked open. I also wonder about other words like never, once in a ...
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Is the phrase 'the best out of bests' correct?

Quite commonly used in India, the phrase "the best out of bests" is claimed to denote that you get something that is unmatched and of above-all quality. However, I avoid using this most of the times. ...
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how far does it take, or how long does it take?

I was doing an English test, and it appeared the question below. The question was stated exactly the way it is presented and there is no context, just the question: Complete with the correct form: ...
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“I have sent it to X too” vs. “I have sent it to X also”

I have sent this e-mail to Aman also. I have sent this e-mail to Aman too. Which one is correct? What is the exact difference between the two? Please explain.
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How do I use “also” in a sentence?

Which of the following sentences are grammatically correct in written text? You also are allowed to see your son. You are also allowed to see your son. Also, you are allowed to see your son. ...
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“Stay home” or “stay at home” – which is correct and why? [duplicate]

Stay home. Stay at home. When "home" functions as an adverb, it can modify the verb "stay". There are other examples, such as "go home",but there is no expression: Go to home. So I wonder ...
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“I only teach you” vs. “I teach only you” vs. “I teach you only”

I only teach you. I teach only you. I teach you only. I think that all the sentences have same meaning, but my teacher says that they are different from each other. I think that the ...
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What kind of adverbs can modify another adverb?

There's a huge market out there. The book is over there. In the first sentence, what does "out there" mean? "out" is an adverb,does it modify "there"? If I want to divide the sentence into ...
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“I would so much like to thank you” or “I would like to thank you so much”?

Are both of these sentences acceptable? I would so much like to thank you. I would like to thank you so much. If both are acceptable then which one is more formal? And what part of speech is ...
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Is this “or else” the same as “or”

He was incapable of reading one classic without relating it to another — in his edition of Chapman's Homer he scrawled lines he preferred from Pope's Homer — or else contemplating how he himself would ...
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Which part of the sentence does “still” and “almost” modify? How to judge them?

She was still beautiful at the age of forty. Does the adverb "still" modify "was" or "beautiful" ? And why? The effect is almost impossible to describe. Does the adverb "almost" modify "is" or "...
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Word order: “10 minutes more” or “10 more minutes”?

I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 minutes more. I'm still packing my clothes. I'll need 10 more minutes. Are both grammatically correct?
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Placement of “easily” (adverb of manner)

A college student asks his girlfriend to help him working on his homework; then the girlfriend will naturally answer: You can get it done easily. Why ask for help? or: You should easily get it ...
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Are these predicative complements or adverbials?

As Harry helped himself to a treacle tart, the talk turned to their families. "I'm half-and-half," said Seamus. "Me dad's a Muggle. Mom didn't tell him she was a witch 'til after they were ...
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Putting Adverbs at the Beginning of the Sentence

Can we put any adverb that ending with-ly at the beginning of a sentence? Sometimes, it ’s quite difficult for me to decide where I can put an adverb in a sentence so I wonder if I can put any adverb ...
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When and how to use the words 'Maybe' and 'may be'?

I read this tip Use 'maybe if 'perhaps' works'. But is this correct? Are they both adverbs? Or one is an adverb and the other is a verb phrase? This is still not clear to me. I would ...
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Up to what level the adverbs 'firstly', 'secondly', 'thirdly' and so on is acceptable?

This question is different from the one that's already asked here. I'm asking about the levels here. About research: Trust me...the Internet gave me up to nineteenthly and to be frank, I then ...
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The meaning of “still-beating”

I could hear a still-beating pulse of his heart. Could it mean two things? It is still beating. (still now) It is beating quietly.