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    Smile in order/orderly

    Can you place these books in order/orderly on the shelf?



    Are "in order" and "orderly" interchangeable in the above? Thanks.

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    Re: in order/orderly

    'In order' means in a pre-determined order (for example, alphabetical by author).

    'Orderly' usually means tidily, e.g. 'Arrange the books in an orderly manner.'

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    Smile Re: in order/orderly

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Mortimer View Post
    'In order' means in a pre-determined order (for example, alphabetical by author).

    'Orderly' usually means tidily, e.g. 'Arrange the books in an orderly manner.'

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    Thanks, Dave.

    Do you mean that both work but communicate a slightly different meaning? Thanks.

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    Re: in order/orderly

    Exactly that, yes.

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    Re: in order/orderly

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Mortimer View Post
    Exactly that, yes.

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    I don't think you can say «Can you place these books orderly on the shelf?». It would be like saying «He waved to me friendly». You can say "Can you place these books tidily on the shelf?" because "tidily" is an adverb derived from the adjective "tidy". However, "orderly" is an adjective derived from the noun "order" so you would have to say "Can you place these books on the shelf in an orderly way?".

    noun + "ly" = adjective
    adjective + "ly" = adverb

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