Sunday, 11 December 2011

Special uses of some adverbs

Short is used as an adverb in expressions like stop short (= stop suddenly)
 and cut short (= interrupt)
Shortly means ‘soon’.
  • You will hear from us shortly.
Slow and slowly
Slow is an adjective; slowly is an adverb. However, slow can be used as an adverb after verbs like go and drive.
  • Go slow.
Sound and soundly
Sound is used as an adverb in a few expressions. Example: sound asleep.
  • The baby is sound asleep.
In other cases we usually use soundly.
  • The baby is sleeping soundly.
Straight is used both as an adjective and as an adverb.
  • A straight road goes straight from one place to another.
Tight and tightly
Tight is an adjective; tightly is an adverb. After certain verbs, tight can also be used as an adverb.
Common expressions are: hold tight and packed tight. Note that before a verb, we always use tightly.
Tightly held
Tightly packed
Wrong and wrongly
The normal adverb is wrongly. In an informal style, wrong can be used instead of wrongly after a verb.
  • I wrongly believed that I was going in the right direction.
  • You guessed wrong.

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