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