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    direct or directly

    Dear teacher.
    In the sentence:"In retail pharmacy, you have direct contact with the people in your community."
    Can I change direct into directly. Does they have the same meaning?
    Please help me.
    Thanks.

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    Re: direct or directly

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt
    Dear teacher.
    In the sentence:"In retail pharmacy, you have direct contact with the people in your community."
    Can I change direct into directly. Does they have the same meaning?
    Please help me.
    Thanks.
    Hello mylevt,

    You can never change an adverb into an adjective.

    The adjective always refers to a noun, like in your sentence. ("direct" refers to "contact")

    The adverb (e.g. directly) is used, if it refers to an verb, adjective or another adverb.


    Best regards,
    Dany

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    Re: direct or directly

    Thanks Dany. Your are helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt
    Thanks Dany. Your are helpful.
    You're welcome

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    Re: direct or directly

    Dear Dany,
    Help me with the sentence:"Many joggers, like Donald Robbins, fell that if they can succeed at jogging, they can succeed at other things also,..."
    Is it correct if I change at into in?
    Thanks.

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    Re: direct or directly

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt
    Dear Dany,
    Help me with the sentence:"Many joggers, like Donald Robbins, fell that if they can succeed at jogging, they can succeed at other things also,..."
    Is it correct if I change at into in?
    Thanks.
    You can't change it. But unfortunately I can't explain it to you. It is the same like:
    I'm good at math.
    He's good at chess.
    But you can't say: "I'm good in math" or "He's good in chess."

    Sorry, that I can't help more

    Dany

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    Re: direct or directly

    Dany!
    But I know that succeed in not at.
    Is it right?

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    Re: direct or directly

    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt
    Dany!
    But I know that succeed in not at.
    Is it right?
    You are absolutely right.
    But I can't explain it to you. Maybe someone else could.

    I have only learned phrases like this, without any grammatical explanations.


    Dany

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    Re: direct or directly

    Dany!
    Thank you very much anyway.
    I will ask someone and hope I will get a satisfactory answer.
    Help me if possible.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: direct or directly

    'succeed' is often followed by 'in':

    Many joggers, like Donald Robbins, feel that if they can succeed at jogging, they can also succeed in other things. . . .

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