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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'I'm dressed warmly' or 'I'm dressed warm'?

There are some controversies about the word usage in this context. So, which example is grammatically correct: "I'm dressed warmly" or "I'm dressed warm"?
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As (Much) Instructive As Humorous

I have a question about the following sentence (from page 174 of the book "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert Cialdini): "Although designed for a laugh, the remark is as much ...
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Then at the end of sentence

Is it correct to say something like: "I'm available at 5 p.m. If it works for you, let's schedule our lesson then"? Does it sound natural? How would native speaker say something like this?
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Can I use when and after in a sentence meanwhile [closed]

When I walked on the way home after school, I found that someone had dropped his purse. Is this a correct answer?
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The use of the word “yet” in context

Tell me please if I used yet correctly in the following sentence. For this exercise we could use a rubber band, but unfortunatly we don't have one yet. I have noticed that natives predominantly ...
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Just as crucially the order had come

[Just as crucially] the order had come about only after the jammu and kashmir government had agreed to it and passed a similar legislation in its own assembly making it clear these powers were jammu ...
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“Not … nor” possible?

I am looking for a band name. I am German, so I am not quite sure if not [Adjective] nor [Adjective] is grammatically correct. Is not yellow nor pink or not famous nor envied a possible phrase, or ...
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I don't know what 'straight' functions as, in “set someone straight”

Don't worry, I set him straight on this matter. I'd like to know what 'straight' functions as. Does it function as being an adverb, or an adjective? I don't know which is well fit to interpret the ...
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“to first receive” or “to receive first”

I have received an email asking me whether I would like to extend a support period, but I need to know another information beforehand (I have already asked but never received an answer). Where ...
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Why is “too” used in this negative sentence?

This is a news headline on CNN. I was targeted during Nixon's administration. Trump shouldn't make an enemies list, too. Why do they use "too", instead of " either" here? Isn't it a grammatical ...
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Do “especially” and “particularly” mean the same in the following situation? Which is more natural?

His hands were chilly and slippery ... especially/particularly slippery. Do slippery mean the same as particularly in this sentence? To my ears, "especially" implies that there are two items and ...
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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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I've always been able to vs I always have been able to

what is the difference between the two sentences? I have always been or I always have been
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Dropped too fast or too fastly?

Let's say you watched a war-related movie, wherein the bomb was dropping down a city. And then, you storytell it to your interested friend. Oh man, the movie was so intense! The aircraft dropped ...
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How to construct a proper sentence?

I read this somewhere: It was all too much, it was too scary. So my question is, how is this even a correct sentence. It is joining two independent clauses together using a comma. It seems to be ...
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“Would have never had” vs “would not have”

(Excerpt from Steve Jobs' commencement speech) "If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts..." What ...
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“To book” or “to booking”?

I had a debate with my friend (English is not our mother tongue) because I found this phrase bit wierd. We were almost close to booking tickets to London. I thought using 'almost' and 'close' ...
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(here) Do these two sentences mean the same?

It's six o'clock. I was expecting him here at five forty-five. It's six o'clock. I was expecting him to be here at five forty-five. What I'm confused is the no.1 sentence that it could mean: ...
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Use of “entire” as an adverb or adjective

“ Gut Symmetries were persuasively interpreted and later incorporated entire by developing Christianity.” In this book, author seems to use this word (instead of -ly). Why? Do you not use -ly words ...
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The usage of “as well as”

As well as what his critics argue has been his goal all along : building a new, religious Turkey from the ashes of its secular past. (This sentence is from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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An adverb describing added value

Quantitative refers to measurement of quantity. Qualitative refers to measurement of quality. ???? refers to measurement of added value. Here are my sentences. Feel free to refine my thinking... ...
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Chinese people are trying to learn their babies' gender by looking at the calendar before they are born

My question is about the location of "before" and "by". I am not sure which one should be close to "learn". Chinese people are trying to learn their babies' gender by looking at the calendar ...
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Questions about “as .. as”

I am curious about the accuracy of the questions about "as .. as". Examples; Who are you as happy as? (I am as happy as you) Who do you go to school as often as? (I go to school as often as ...
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Can the adverb “exclusively” in the sentence be replaced with an adjective without changing the meaning of the sentence?

I came across this sentence in an online article. Some medical literature has found that exclusively breastfeeding during the first four to six months of life may decrease your baby’s risk of ...
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What does “already” in “…so saturated with the past already” mean here?

I always have problem with the meaning of "already". Oxford Dictionaries show it means: Before or by now or the time in question. 1.1 As surprisingly soon or early as this. North American informal ...
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noun phrases functioning as adverbials

Could you tell me which one is correct and the meaning of each sentence: Yesterday, I went to the place you had recommended. I went to the place you had recommended yesterday. I went to the ...
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How extremely are you afraid of snakes?

I saw some questions just as this and would like to ask you whether this question is possible and grammatically correct in English? I am extremely afraid of snakes. How extremely are you ...
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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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The problem is anything but easy

I am confused about the function of the word "but" in given sentence what "part of speech" the word "but" is in the given sentence. I actually shared my opinions with my teacher about the word "but". ...
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“likely to” vs “likely”

This sentence is from a TOEFL material: According to the news report, this investment by the company will likely provide a major boost to the economy because it will lead to the development of new ...
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Can an adverb modify an article?

In English, can an adverb modify an article? If so, I'd like to see an example sentence. I have come across some claims that an adverb can modify everything but a noun/pronoun. This means that it can ...
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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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meaning of the adverb “whence” [closed]

What does "whence" mean in the following? They returned whence they had come. The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines it as "from where": But Oxford Dictionary Online lists as one of its ...
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The usage of murkiness

I would like to know if the word "murkiness" in the sentence below is syntactically correct. then nothing will remain from him except as a worm creeps in murkiness. His life begins and ends with ...
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Can “in the order” be used instead of “sequentially”?

Are two sentences bellow equivalent? Post blocks have executed in the order. Post blocks have executed sequentially.
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Afterwards vs. later

What is the difference between "afterwards" and "later" in the following sentences: We were today in the metro station and later in the supermarket. We were today in the metro station and ...
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Meaning of the adverb “definitionally” in context [closed]

It was in Crash Course World History. It is at 3 minute and 44 second. Here it goes: It also lends itselve fairly well to herding, and since nomads are definitionally good at moving around, they ...
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Is “Last time we were in a house was five weeks” a common colloquialism?

There a scene in the movie Red Dawn: A group of teenagers come to a house and are welcomed in by the owner. One of the teenagers: Last time we were in a house was five weeks. Man: You look it....
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Are conjunctive adverbs limited or open to addition?

Are conjunctive adverbs a limited and fixed set or can we make other ones such as the word surprisingly? Let's say in the following example I don't want to use the word however but rather the word ...
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use of 'ever' in imperative sentences

What is the difference between the two? Don't do that. Don't ever do that. Does this ask one not to do something that they do repeatedly?
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What does “a good” mean? [duplicate]

I have seen the following sentence on a news web site, which was telling about a volcano eruption. A sentence including "a good" surprised me, as I have not seen it used like this. Here is the ...
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Is it possible to use “sequentially” with the singular?

I am trying to describe the structure shown in the image. My example is as follows: The string is wound on the bobbin sequentially from the left to the right. As far as I searched, it seems that ...
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Successively, continuously, or sequentially, which has the meaning of “adjacent”?

I am trying to describe the positional relationship between the boxes in the image. I think it can be described that The boxes are arranged adjacent in the Z-direction. I would like to know ...
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Use of “not primarily” in “Saw creating the 7 habits not primarily…”

he saw creating the 7 Habits not primarily as a means of his own success. In the above mentioned sentence I want to know whether the usage of "not primarily " is correct or not. Please provide me ...
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What is the correct placement of adverb? What is the difference in meaning?

(1) It would have never worked. (2) It would never have worked. (3) It never would have worked.
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Ultimately comprehensive

I wonder if this adverb-adjective fits well There should be an ultimately comprehensive solution to global warming, or else, we will definitely suffer in the end.
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Place of Adverb In a Sentence

I'm writing my essay about corruption and I've come to a sentence into which I'd like to put an adverb, but I'm not sure about its place. Corruption also can relate to unjustly gaining advantage ...
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I have never been here or I have never been there, which is more natural?

A friend of mine invited me to visit her. She was afraid that I would get lost, so she said she would be waiting for me at the bus station. When we finally met at the bus station, I said, "Sorry ...
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“laugh out loud” VS “laugh out loudly”

She almost laughed out loud at herself, thinking she could trust her instincts about people. "laugh out loud" VS "laugh out loudly", which is correct? I looked up they are all adv.
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“There are there only 3 papers” Vs. “There are there 3 papers only”

From the two following choices, is there one choice correct only or both can be correct and it's a matter of style? I'm not sure where I should to put the adverb "only" in such sentences. "There ...