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    safe(ly)

    Hello

    He arrived home safe
    He arrived home safely.

    What is the difference between the two sentences, for you?

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    Re: safe(ly)

    There's more than one interpretation--even linguists disagree.

    Ex: He arrived home safe.

    Interpretations
    1. an elliptical form for adverbial safe and sound
    2. a verbal object; e.g., Apple's slogan Think Different
    3. postverbal appositive; e.g., Think Big; Dress British, Think Yiddish.
    4. non-Standard English; i.e., safe modifies the verb arrived, so it should be an adverb, safely, not an adjective.

    Read more here, Who walks safe?


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    Re: safe(ly)

    Oh, I thougt it is a more black-and-white issue.

    thanks, C

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    It's a great example of language in flux.


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    Re: safe(ly)

    Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
    chiefly US informal : in a safe way
    ▪ Be sure to drive safe. [=safely]

    In the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, do teachers allow their students to use "safe" as an adverb?


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    Re: safe(ly)

    My much beloved Daruma,

    I would like to ask you a big favor. And the big favor is this:
    I implore you on my bended knees with my hands folded not to dig up from archives the old threads I started. Instead, I suggest that you open your own ones. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Regards, svartnik


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    Re: safe(ly)

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    My much beloved Daruma,

    I would like to ask you a big favor. And the big favor is this:
    I implore you on my bended knees with my hands folded not to dig up from archives the old threads I started. Instead, I suggest that you open your own ones. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    Regards, svartnik

    Svartnik,

    I'm afraid I should not, because my post is not sidetracked.

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