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    The dictionary says the word evermore is an adverb.
    Please take a look at the following example:

    Their name will live on for evermore.

    Why can't we say "their name will live on evermore?"

    Besides, could anyone please give me some examples of using this word?

    Thanks!

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    'Live on' is a phrasal verb and requires a preposition 'for' to connect to the time period. It would be the same if you said ';ten years' instead of 'evermore'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    'Live on' is a phrasal verb and requires a preposition 'for' to connect to the time period. It would be the same if you said ';ten years' instead of 'evermore'.
    so is evermore an adverb in this case?

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    Yes, it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bread
    The dictionary says the word evermore is an adverb.
    Please take a look at the following example:

    Their name will live on for evermore.

    Why can't we say "their name will live on evermore?"

    Besides, could anyone please give me some examples of using this word?

    Thanks!
    In your sentence, "forevermore" should be one word. It is an adverb. When you break it up you end up with "evermore" as the object of a preposition, which is difficult for an adverb.

    for·ev·er·more (fôr-ĕv'ər-môr', -mōr', fər-)
    adv.
    Forever.


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