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    Default Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    I'm working on a paper for school and I'm wondering which sentence is correct.

    I frequently find myself delving deep into my psyche.
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    I frequently find myself delving deeply into my psyche.

    When I initially constructed the sentence, I wanted deep to modify psyche, as in delving into profoundly deep corners of my psyche. But, after my mom edited, I was unclear about what word "deep" was actually modifying.

    Thanks for your time!

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

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    I'm working on a paper for school and I'm wondering which sentence is correct.

    I frequently find myself delving deep into my psyche.
    OR
    I frequently find myself delving deeply into my psyche.

    When I initially constructed the sentence, I wanted deep to modify psyche, as in delving into profoundly deep corners of my psyche. But, after my mom edited, I was unclear about what word "deep" was actually modifying.

    Thanks for your time!
    I've already sent a reply.

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm working on a paper for school and I'm wondering which sentence is correct.

    I frequently find myself delving deep into my psyche.
    OR
    I frequently find myself delving deeply into my psyche.

    When I initially constructed the sentence, I wanted deep to modify psyche, as in delving into profoundly deep corners of my psyche. But, after my mom edited, I was unclear about what word "deep" was actually modifying.

    Thanks for your time!
    I've already sent a reply. see the previous thread.

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm working on a paper for school and I'm wondering which sentence is correct.

    I frequently find myself delving deep into my psyche. -ambiguous meaning
    (Did the writer intend an adverb or an adjective here?)
    OR
    I frequently find myself delving deeply into my psyche. -unambiguous
    (Writer definitely intends and adverb here.)

    When I initially constructed the sentence, I wanted deep to modify psyche, as in delving into profoundly deep corners of my psyche. But, after my mom edited, I was unclear about what word "deep" was actually modifying.

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    Hi ,

    While the first example you provide is not entirely incorrect, it does create potential confusion for the reader: i.e., Does this writer intend to tell us where s/he is delving? i.e., deep, into the psyche? or how s/he is delving? i.e., deeply, into the psyche? (-and here mistakenly used the adjective form deep instead of the intended adverb form deeply?)

    Since your original intent is for deep to be an adjective (modifying corners of the psyche) and not an adverb - deeply (modifying the verb delving), why not put all ambiguity to rest by considering the following:

    I frequently find myself delving into the deep corners of my (the?) psyche.

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Thanks so much. I made the appropriate changes to the paper.

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    I'm working on a paper for school and I'm wondering which sentence is correct.

    I frequently find myself delving deep into my psyche.
    OR
    I frequently find myself delving deeply into my psyche.

    When I initially constructed the sentence, I wanted deep to modify psyche, as in delving into profoundly deep corners of my psyche. But, after my mom edited, I was unclear about what word "deep" was actually modifying.

    Thanks for your time!
    I like both of them. Both deep and deeply are used as adverbs and mean the same thing.

    There might be a stickler here who has a preference, though, so let's see who else chimes in.

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi ,

    While the first example you provide is not entirely incorrect, it does create potential confusion for the reader: i.e., Does this writer intend to tell us where s/he is delving? i.e., deep, into the psyche? or how s/he is delving? i.e., deeply, into the psyche? (-and here mistakenly used the adjective form deep instead of the intended adverb form deeply?)

    Since your original intent is for deep to be an adjective (modifying corners of the psyche) and not an adverb - deeply (modifying the verb delving), why not put all ambiguity to rest by considering the following:

    I frequently find myself delving into the deep corners of my (the?) psyche.
    I hear it modifying delve. It it were an adjective for corners, it would have to say deep corners - not deep into the corners.

    I know that, strictly speaking, deeply is an adverb and deep is an adjective. But deep is often used as an adverb, so between its wide acceptance and its placement, there's nothing ambiguous about saying deep instead of deeply.

    I'm talking about American English, as you can tell, and have nothing to say regarding British English, which I've always maintained can take care of itself.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Default Re: Delve deep vs. delving deeply

    Hi Charlie,

    My previous post looks to address just your concern over the ambiguity of the word "deep" within the sample provided, i.e., Is it intended as an adjective or an adverb?

    Seeing as how the original intent is for an adjective (as described above), the recommended sentence (or one akin to it) naturally follows:
    I frequently find myself delving into the deep corners of my (the?) psyche.

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