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Adverb before noun Adverbs

Adverbs do not modify nouns, so try converting this adverb to an adjective or place it closer to the adjective or the verb.

György Chityil - George
Adverbs ending in ly Style

While an adverb ending with -ly has no grammatical problem, many consider it as bad style. Straight from "On Writing Well, 5th Edition" by William Zinsser: "Most adverbs are unnecessary. You will clutter your sentence and annoy the reader if you choose a verb that has a specific meaning and then add an adverb that carries the same meaning. Don't tell us that the radio blared loudly - "blare" connotes loudness. Don't write that someone clenched his teeth tightly - there's no other way to clench teeth. Again and again in careless writing, strong verbs are weakened by redundant adverbs."

So instead of using an adverb that modifies a verb, make sure you have a strong verb instead.

Zsofia Miko
hence Joining Clauses

Conjunctive Adverbs in the middle of the sentence should only join independent clauses, and only with a semi colon before and a comma after:

  • The gods thundered in the heavens; furthermore, the mortals below cowered in fear. 
  • Dr. Wheeler is a grammar tyrant; thus, he requires correct punctuation
György Chityil - George
Adverb (ly ending) before noun Adverbs

Adverbs do not modify nouns, so try converting this adverb to an adjective or place it closer to the adjective or the verb.

György Chityil - George