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    Dear teachers,

    'sound ' can be used as an adjective as well as an adverb. So I can say 'sound asleep'. 'soundly' is an adverb. So I can say 'soundly asleep'. My question is: is there any difference between 'sound asleep' and 'soundly asleep'?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    'sound ' can be used as an adjective as well as an adverb. So I can say 'sound asleep'. 'soundly' is an adverb. So I can say 'soundly asleep'. My question is: is there any difference between 'sound asleep' and 'soundly asleep'?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.
    Jiang
    There is no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    There is no difference.
    He was sound asleep.
    I don't like "soundly asleep."
    But: He slept soundly.

    edward

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    Dear baqarah131,

    Thank you very much for your help. Now I understand it.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    He was sound asleep.
    I don't like "soundly asleep."
    But: He slept soundly.

    edward

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    Dear Naamplao,

    Thank you very much for your help. Now I see.

    jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    There is no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    He was sound asleep.
    I don't like "soundly asleep."
    But: He slept soundly.

    edward
    There is nothing wrong with "soundly asleep"

    He was soundly asleep with the storm struck.

    It is an adverb and can be used basically anywhere that "sound" can when it is used as an adverb.
    You might not use "sound" as an adverb here although from a grammatical point of view there is nothing wrong.

    He crept into the warm bed and slept soundly through the night.



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    Dear Naamplao,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    There is nothing wrong with "soundly asleep"

    He was soundly asleep with the storm struck.

    It is an adverb and can be used basically anywhere that "sound" can when it is used as an adverb. You might not use "sound" as an adverb here although from a grammatical point of view there is nothing wrong.

    He crept into the warm bed and slept soundly through the night.



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    There's nothing wrong with "He was soundly asleep" except that it's unlikely anyone would say or write it.
    "He was sound asleep" is normal.
    edward

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    Dear baqarah131,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    There's nothing wrong with "He was soundly asleep" except that it's unlikely anyone would say or write it.
    "He was sound asleep" is normal.
    edward

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