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    Hi,

    I wonder if the following phrases are only used in colloquial situations:

    drive slow
    play safe
    eat raw

    Are the adjectives above better replaced by adverbs(ones with -ly) in formal context?

    Thanks a million

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    Slow and fast are used as both adverbs and adjectives. Play it safe is an expression meaning that one shouldn't take unnecessary chances. It does not mean the same thing as play safely. (I have never heard the expression play safe.)

    You can eat raw vegetables, but I do not recomment eating raw meat. As for the expression eat raw, that would be an expression I have never heard if you mean that raw is used as an adverb in that context.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You can eat raw vegetables, but I do not recomment eating raw meat. As for the expression eat raw, that would be an expression I have never heard if you mean that raw is used as an adverb in that context.

    :)
    Thanks. So, can I say eat it raw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinikyte
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You can eat raw vegetables, but I do not recomment eating raw meat. As for the expression eat raw, that would be an expression I have never heard if you mean that raw is used as an adverb in that context.

    :)
    Thanks. So, can I say eat it raw?
    Yes! Indeed you can.

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    You can eat raw vegetables, but I do not recomment eating raw meat. :)
    You know, you'll be suprised when you actually see how much raw meat the Japanese have to eat. They like to eat things raw, and emphasize the ultimate freshness could only come from raw food. Once in Japan I tried the famous raw horse meat, and I couldn't stand the "freshness" so I cooked it as "teppanyaki". After all, Japanese rank first in IQ and longevity. Sure that's more to do with "miso" than raw food..

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    Steak is someitme eaten raw in Europe. I've never had raw horse meat, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Steak is someitme eaten raw in Europe. I've never had raw horse meat, though.
    Based on RonBee's explanation, eaten raw seems to be ... rather unacceptable????

    You can say something be eaten raw but not to eat something raw??

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinikyte
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Steak is someitme eaten raw in Europe. I've never had raw horse meat, though.
    Based on RonBee's explanation, eaten raw seems to be ... rather unacceptable????

    You can say something be eaten raw but not to eat something raw??
    No, eaten raw is quite a common usage. The term raw refers to the condition of the food and not the manner in which it is eaten. A similar sentence is I like my coffee hot. In that sentence, hot does not describe the manner in which the coffee is drunk but the condition the coffee is in when it is drunk.

    What you can't do is use raw as an adverb, thus: I like eating raw, which is in structure much like I like driving fast, in which fast is an adverb. Instead, raw has to refer to some kind of food.

    Does that help?

    :D

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    I like eating raw horse meat????

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by infinikyte
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Steak is someitme eaten raw in Europe. I've never had raw horse meat, though.
    Based on RonBee's explanation, eaten raw seems to be ... rather unacceptable????

    You can say something be eaten raw but not to eat something raw??
    No, eaten raw is quite a common usage. The term raw refers to the condition of the food and not the manner in which it is eaten. A similar sentence is I like my coffee hot. In that sentence, hot does not describe the manner in which the coffee is drunk but the condition the coffee is in when it is drunk.

    What you can't do is use raw as an adverb, thus: I like eating raw, which is in structure much like I like driving fast, in which fast is an adverb. Instead, raw has to refer to some kind of food.

    Does that help?

    :D
    Thank you RonBee, prefectly clear now!!

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