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    drive slow or drive slowly?

    hello, I'm really confused now.

    I haven't thought that 'drive slow' is grammartically right.

    But, I happened to hear that from the movie 'Rumor has it.'

    It's kind of trauma when the things you've believed strongly turned out to be wrong.

    Always good luck!

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterwook View Post
    hello, I'm really confused now.

    I haven't thought that 'drive slow' is grammartically right.

    But, I happened to hear that from the movie 'Rumor has it.'

    It's kind of trauma when the things you've believed strongly turned out to be wrong.

    Always good luck!
    Drive slowly-is appropriate.GO SLOW is also fine.

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Slow can be used as an adverb says the dictionary.

    slow - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    By the way they give the same example that you used here.

    Anyway, as I'm neither a native speaker nor a teacher I don't know if it's common to use it as an adverb.

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Similar structures: speak slower
    speak more slowly.


    It reminds me of a double predicate: The moon rose round and yellow,
    where 'round and yellow' characterize the moon, not the action 'rose'.

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    Slow can be used as an adverb says the dictionary.

    slow - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    By the way they give the same example that you used here.

    Anyway, as I'm neither a native speaker nor a teacher I don't know if it's common to use it as an adverb.
    Drive slow is common, at least in American English.

    Good post, anreak.


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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    slow
    adverb :at a slow speed

    I can't walk any slower.
    slow-moving traffic
    a slow-burning candle
    Amer.Eng.: He drives too slow!

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    slow
    adverb :at a slow speed

    I can't walk any slower.
    slow-moving traffic
    a slow-burning candle
    Amer.Eng.: He drives too slow!
    Excuse me, if 'slow' is an adverb what is 'slowly'?

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Excuse me, if 'slow' is an adverb what is 'slowly'?
    It's also an adverb.

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    I suppose it's not always been an adverb. It probably became one because of the road signs as it was: imperative, easier to read when driving fast and even saved space on the sign

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    Re: drive slow or drive slowly?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    It's also an adverb.
    Soup, I like your sense of humour.

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