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    exact(ly)

    hi,
    is it possible to use "exact" instead of "exactly"?

    the navel should be exact in the middle between...



    with forms of "to be" you usually use the adjective, but this doesn't sound correct here.

    thanks

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    Re: exact(ly)

    That's right, it's incorrect.

    The navel should be (exactly in the middle),
    not
    the navel (should be exact) in the middle.

    What's an 'exact navel'?

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: exact(ly)

    Quote Originally Posted by tintiman View Post
    hi,
    is it possible to use "exact" instead of "exactly"?

    the navel should be exact in the middle between...



    with forms of "to be" you usually use the adjective, but this doesn't sound correct here.

    thanks

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    good afternoon.

    (1)Yes, you use an adjective with "be" IF it is a linking verb: You are intelligent.

    (2) But sometimes "be" is not a linking verb: The stove is in the kitchen. This time "is" means something like "located" or "exists."

    (i) In your sentence, you are explaining where the navel is located.

    Have a nice day!

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