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    similar vs. similarly

    Dear Friends,

    Is 'similarly' absolutely wrong in:

    Similarly to Tom, Joe has good grades at school.

    Is 'similar' better (the only good solution) here?

    Thank you.

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Quote Originally Posted by Pall View Post
    Welcome!

    Is 'similarly' absolutely wrong in: Yes, it's wrong.

    Similarly to Tom, Joe has good grades at school.

    Is 'similar' the only good choice here? Yes, it is.
    Thank you.

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Maybe we can use similarly in such a sentence:
    I drive cars similarly to my father.

    I have no idea if this sentence is okay, someone please check

    Cheers!

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    I drive cars similarly to my father.

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Try these, Nightmare:
    British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)
    Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA)

    They are good sources for samples of usage

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Quote Originally Posted by Pall View Post
    Dear Friends,

    Is 'similarly' absolutely wrong in:

    Similarly to Tom, Joe has good grades at school.

    Is 'similar' better (the only good solution) here?

    Thank you.

    Pall
    "Similarly" is right and acceptable, at least to my ears and sense of grammar.
    It's an adverb. "Similar" is an adjective. You are comparing "having grades" - the verb component.

    "Similarly to Tom, John walks with a limp."
    "Similar to Tom, John has slightly darker hair." This means that Tom is similar
    to John but has slightly darker hair.
    "Similarly to Tom, John has slightly darker hair." This means that, like John, Tom has slightly darker hair [than someone else].

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Similarly" is right and acceptable, at least to my ears and sense of grammar.
    It's an adverb. "Similar" is an adjective. You are comparing "having grades" - the verb component.
    I would agree that "Similarly to Tom" sounds fine.

    As far as the example of "I drive cars similarly to my father" goes, this sounds rather strange. Do you mean that you drive cars in the same way as your father (ie you both drive fast/slowly/badly/well etc), or do you mean specifically that you drive cars (not motorbikes, buses, lorries etc) as does your father, or did you actually mean that you drive similar cars to those that your father drove?!

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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Quote Originally Posted by Pall View Post
    Similarly to Tom, Joe has good grades at school. This sentence sounds very odd to me.

    The way I see it, "Similar(ly)" refers to "Joe", not to "has" or "good". We have to remember that the subject of the sentence is "Joe".
    (Similar to)(Like) Tom, Joe has good grades at school.

    The meaning of the sentence is that 'Joe is similar to Tom in that he has good grades at school.'
    Pall
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    Re: similar vs. similarly

    Similarly to Tom (adv), Joe has good grades at school
    As has Tom (adv), Joe has good grades at school.
    Like Tom [has] (adv), Joe has good grades at school.
    How, in what manner, etc. (adv) does Joe have good grades? - like Tom has.


    Differently
    from Tom, John took three attempts to pass the exam. (Adv)
    (John took three attempts to pass the exam - differently from Tom, who passed on first go.)

    More quickly than Tom, John reached the finish line. (Adv)
    (John reached the finish line more quickly than Tom did.)
    [Being] Quicker than Tom, John reached the finish line first. (Adj)

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