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    He came back safe/safely.

    Is 'safe' as good to use as 'safely' in this sentence?

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    Yes.

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    Default Re: came back safe/safely

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    He came back safe/safely.

    Is 'safe' as good to use as 'safely' in this sentence?

    Thank you in advance.


    ONLY A NON-TEACHER'S OPINION


    (1) Please type "safe/safely" in the search box. There are some helpful threads.

    (2) Please google "arrived safely/safe adjective." You will find helpful results in the

    "everything," "discussions," and "books" sections.

    (3) You may be interested in one scholar's opinion, which I found in the Google

    "books" section. Mr. Alfred Slater West explains

    the difference in his The Elements of English Grammar:

    The adjective safe marks a quality of the agent he, the adverb safely marks the

    mode of the action arrived.

    If his horse ran away [My note: this book was written in 1898!], and he narrowly

    escaped being upset, he might arrive safe, but he certainly would not arrive

    safely, that is, in "a safe manner."

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    Default Re: came back safe/safely

    Thank you so much for your great answers, fivejedjon and TheParser. I've learned another great way to learn English. Thank you again.

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