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    KSSEEJ is offline Junior Member
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    an adjective or adverb?

    "We have to find out why there is still so much discontent despite all the reform efforts of the past decade and all the money spent, in some areas rather generously." (SCMP, HK)


    Why an adverb is used in the last clause? To my knowledge, the underlined word is to modify the noun "the reform efforts" and so an adjective form should be used in this case.

    Thanks for any advice!

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    Re: an adjective or adverb?

    It's modifying "spent." The money was spent generously.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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