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  1. Nightmare85's Avatar
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    #1

    pretty and prettily

    Hello guys,
    When I was young () I learned there is a define difference between pretty and prettily.

    Pretty: very
    This car is pretty fast. This car is very fast.

    Prettily: beautiful, handsome
    She is a prettily woman.

    Okay, but there are some titles like:
    Pretty woman. (Julia Roberts)
    I really doubt its meaning is "Very woman" - makes no sense.
    Why isn't it called:
    Prettily woman. ?

    Is this an American English vs. British English?

    P.S. I've never heard prettily anyway...

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: pretty and prettily

    'pretty' also means 'beautiful, gorgeous, good-looking'.

    'prettily' means 'in a pretty way'

    They dance prettily. (They're good dancers)
    They are pretty. (They're good-looking)


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    Re: pretty and prettily

    'Pretty' meaning 'very' is a fairly recent addition to the word.

    You should have learned 'pretty' as the adjective meaning 'pleasing to the senses; beautiful', and 'prettily' is the adverb of this.

    Then, 'pretty' is also an adverb which means 'very' and 'fairly; quite'.

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    #4

    Re: pretty and prettily

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello guys,
    When I was young () I learned there is a definite difference between pretty and prettily.

    Prettily: beautiful, handsome
    She is a prettily woman.
    There is a difference, as the others have described, but what you learned is not it.
    You cannot say "She is a prettily woman".
    'Prettily' does not mean 'beautiful, handsome'. It's an adverb, so in this context it would 'beautifully, handsomely'.

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