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    It is difficult to understand Prof. Goldberg because he speaks ( )
    1.quick 2.soon 3.rapid 4.very rapidly


    It seems to me that both #1 and #4 work...

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    No, you need an adverb; it would have to be 'quickly', Taka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    No, you need an adverb; it would have to be 'quickly', Taka.
    Isn't it possible to use "quick" adverbially, as in, say, "Do it quick!"?

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    You can say it, but don't write it unless you're recording dialogue, Taka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    You can say it, but don't write it unless you're recording dialogue, Taka.
    You mean it's purely colloquial?

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    Any comments on this one, tdol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka
    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber
    No, you need an adverb; it would have to be 'quickly', Taka.
    Isn't it possible to use "quick" adverbially, as in, say, "Do it quick!"?
    In that particular context (i.e., Do it quick!), it's possible, iff quick refers to 'quick-like'. In that case, 'quick' would be an adjective in form but an adverb in function, a near synonym with "right now, this very instant", like this,

    EX: Do it quick(-like)! (i.e., This very instant, now!)

    Adverb Test
    Do it when/In what manner?
    Quick-like (i.e., right now, this very instant).

    As for the context in question, though, MM is correct in pointing out that "he speaks _____" requires an adverb,

    Adverb Test
    He speaks quick.
    When/In what manner does he speak?
    He speaks quick-like. (i.e., right now, this very instant) (Not OK)

    Note, colloq. He speaks *quick ~ He speaks too fast.

    He speaks quickly, very rapidly. (adverbs)
    In what manner does he speak?

    All the best, :D

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    In the original example, the use of 'quick' by a native speaker would probably be regional and many would consider it wrong- it's not like 'do it quick'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In the original example, the use of 'quick' by a native speaker would probably be regional and many would consider it wrong- it's not like 'do it quick'.
    I couldn't agree more.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Note, colloq. He speaks *quick ~ He speaks too fast.

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    Thanks! :D

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