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    Default My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Hi teachers,
    I know the sentence given is correct. It is taken from a book. My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?
    Isn't 'slower' a comparative adjective?
    Deborah drives a bit slower and much more carefully than him.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    'Slow' has a decent pedigree as an adverb, too.

    Rover

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    So both, slow and slowly can be adverbs and so can be slower and more slowly.

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    Last edited by learning54; 23-Jun-2012 at 13:59.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Yes.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi teachers,
    I know the sentence given is correct. It is taken from a book.
    Interesting logic!
    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?
    Isn't 'slower' a comparative adjective?
    Deborah drives a bit slower and much more carefully than him.

    Thanks in advance.
    Rover's answered this. Try googling 'bare infinitive' for further background.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Interesting logic! Not always. Even books make mistakes, don't they?


    Rover's answered this. Try googling 'bare infinitive' for further background. Sorry, could you tell me what 'bare infinitive' has to do with it?

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    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.

    L.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I know the sentence given is correct. It is taken from a book.
    Interesting logic!
    Indeed it is.

    In some countries in which I have taught, this has been a serious problem. If something is written in a book, some learners will just not believe that it could be wrong. I have occasionally had fun when I have been able to produce two books that completely contradict each other.

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ...Try googling 'bare adverb' for further background.

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    Sorry!

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    [QUOTE=learning54;894820 My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?
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    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Learning:


    1. Michael Swan * gives a short, clear, and concise explanation about "adverbs that have the same form as adjectives."

    a. For example, he says that in informal English, we can use easy, slow, loud, and quick in that way.

    *****

    2. (His example) Talk louder. (OR: more loudly)
    3. (My example) Do it quicker. (OR: more quickly)
    4. (My example) Drive slower. (OR: more slowly)
    5. (A very popular expression used by many people):

    Mona: I am getting too fat.
    Tom: Well, stop eating so much.
    Mona: That is easier said than done. (OR: "more easily")

    *****

    * I have the 1995 edition of his Practical English Usage. Refer to entry #137 on page 122. You probably have a newer edition. You might want to check "comparatives and superlatives" in the index in order to find the exact entry number.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: My question is why there is 'slower' instead of 'more slowly'?

    Hello, The Parser:
    Thank you very much for your reply. I do have that edition and I'm planning to buy the new one.

    Have a nice day too!
    L.
    Last edited by learning54; 25-Jun-2012 at 21:07.

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