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    Default adverbs modifying other adverbs

    which one is this correct?

    People view things totally differently from each another

    or

    People view things totally different from one another

    or People view things differently from one another.

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    Default Re: adverbs modifying other adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post
    which one is this correct?

    People view things totally differently from each another

    or

    People view things totally different from one another

    or People view things differently from one another.
    All of them are correct. That's the short answer.

    Now here's the long answer.

    Well, if you ask your average public school English teachers, they'll likely tell you that "totally differently" is correct because different is an adjective and you need to use an adverb in this sentence. However, if we take a look at our trusty old sword, we find that "different" is an adjective and an adverb. So both are correct, but some people probably prefer "differently" because of the traditional ly suffix used with adverbs.

    different: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    adv.
    In a different way or manner; otherwise: “Carol … didn't know different until Elinor told her” (Ben Brantley).

    Let's see what the people say:

    "they do things different" - Google Search=

    Results 1 - 10 of about 49,200 for "they do things different". (0.07 seconds)

    It's by no means close to 126,000, but there's no denying that 49,000 is certainly a substantial number.

    "they do things differently" - Google Search

    Results 1 - 10 of about 126,000 for "they do things differently". (0.09 seconds)

    Another tricky word is "slow". It's both an adjective and an adverb.

    slow: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    So before you let someone say "Hey, that's an adverb! Use an ly suffix", check with our trusty old sword - the dictionary.

    soft - One can speak soft, and one can speak softly.

    soft: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    adv.
    In a soft manner; gently.

    Granted, most of the time ly is required when it comes to ensuring that one is using an adverb and not an adjective. However, there are certain words that can be used as both an adjective and an adverb. I wish had a list. It's probably a short one.

    Do you have any money riding on this question? You might want to place a bet. Just be insistent - and then - bam - show them the dictionary page.

    And yet here is another one. One can talk loud, and one can talk loudly.

    loud: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    adv., louder, loudest.
    In a loud manner.

    What do the people say?

    "talk loud" - Google Search

    Results 1 - 10 of about 112,000 for "talk loud". (0.07 seconds)

    "talk loudly" - Google Search=

    Results 1 - 10 of about 97,300 for "talk loudly". (0.07 seconds)

    So that's three so far: different, soft, and loud.

    And here's another one. We can say that the snow is falling heavier or the snow is falling more heavily.

    http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery?s=heavy

    adv., -ier, -iest.
    Heavily: The snow is falling heavier tonight than last night.

    That's five now: different, slow, loud, soft, and heavy. All five can be adverbs and you don't need ly. That's great.
    Last edited by PROESL; 01-Sep-2009 at 03:41. Reason: added dictionary link and correct typos

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    Default Re: adverbs modifying other adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by MsNyree View Post
    which one is this correct?

    People view things totally differently from each another

    or

    People view things totally different from one another

    or People view things differently from one another.
    The middle one is wrong - you still need "differently" (the adverb) to describe HOW people view things.

    You can have an adverb modifying another adverb.

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    Default Re: adverbs modifying other adverbs

    Add "quick" to the list, and add "easy" to the list.

    quick: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    easy: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com

    With little effort; easily: success that came too easy.

    That's seven now.

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