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    Hi

    Would you be so kind and tell me the correct answer to the following sentence?

    Be quiet! I can`t think clear / clearly if you are talking.

    In my opinion, the verb think can be followed by an adverb, i.e. clearly. If I think of the verbal expression think clear, then the answer should be think clear and not think clearly. I am a little bit confused. What`s your opinion on that? What is the correct answer?

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    Default Re: adjective or adverb?

    What word tells "HOW" to think?

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    Default Re: adjective or adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    What word tells "HOW" to think?
    Oh, thank you! It`s an adverb : think clearly


    Thank you so much!

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    Good job!

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    Default Re: adjective or adverb?

    The standard, text-book "correct" answer would be "clearly", as you say. However, in many dialects of English, people might say "clear".

    The expression "Think clear" was used in an advertising campaign for the soft drink 7-Up. 7-Up is colourless -- that is, it's clear -- and the slogan is a play on words: "Think clear" can be interpreted to mean "imagine something which is transparent and colourless", and it can also be non-standard English for "Think clearly".

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    Default Re: adjective or adverb?

    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss View Post
    The standard, text-book "correct" answer would be "clearly", as you say. However, in many dialects of English, people might say "clear".

    The expression "Think clear" was used in an advertising campaign for the soft drink 7-Up. 7-Up is colourless -- that is, it's clear -- and the slogan is a play on words: "Think clear" can be interpreted to mean "imagine something which is transparent and colourless", and it can also be non-standard English for "Think clearly".
    Hi Rewboss

    I was quite sure I had heard the expression think clear, but I couldn`t figure out the exact context. That`s why I was in doubt. Oh, yes! I have heard it in movies.

    My boyfriend has always been taken by surprise and even astonished when I ask about the way a film ends. "Why", he says, "where have you been until now? Haven`t you watched it"? and my answer comes: "Well, I have but I`ve been more attentive to the pronounciation of English words and phrases than to the action itself.

    Thank you very much for your reply.

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