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    Cool Conscious or unconsciously

    How to write two alternative adverbs ending in "ly"?

    For instance, is it correct to say "conscious or unconsciously"?

    Must we say "consciously or unconsciously"?

    Which one is the correct way?

    Thanks

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    How to write two alternative adverbs ending in "ly"?

    For instance, is it correct to say "conscious or unconsciously"?

    Must we say "consciously or unconsciously"?

    Which one is the correct way?

    Thanks
    If you are using an adverb in both cases, then both must end in -ly.

    "He crossed the road and, whether consciously or unconsciously, he managed to narrowly avoid being hit by the car."

    "I don't know if I did it consciously or unconsciously, but I did it!"

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    If you were unconscious you'd be unlikely to do anything, but if you did you'd certainly be doing it unconsciously.

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    We do that in Spanish, Bushwhacker --consciente o inconscientemente-- but it's not correct in English. Is this usage OK in Catalan? Just curious.

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    How to write two alternative adverbs ending in "ly"?
    "How do you write two alternative ...?" What you've written is not a proper sentence.

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    We do that in Spanish, Bushwhacker --consciente o inconscientemente-- but it's not correct in English. Is this usage OK in Catalan? Just curious.
    Interesting.
    Is "Cómo escribir una carta?" a correct way to ask a question in Spanish? Or is this use of a question word with the infinitive only used as a title of a paragraph, for example - as it is in English?

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Interesting.
    Is "Cómo escribir una carta?" a correct way to ask a question in Spanish? Or is this use of a question word with the infinitive only used as a title of a paragraph, for example - as it is in English?
    The second: such a question would be used more or less in the same way as in English; as a title, or as a fragmentary thought.
    ¿Cómo escribo/escribiré/escribiría/etc. una carta?
    After all, having so many conjugations, it seems a pity for them to be wasted.
    Last edited by Hedwig; 09-Aug-2011 at 11:53. Reason: Afterthought

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    Cool Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    We do that in Spanish, Bushwhacker --consciente o inconscientemente-- but it's not correct in English. Is this usage OK in Catalan? Just curious.
    In Catalan is just the opposite combination (conscientment o inconscient) or the way it is in English (conscientment o inconscientment)

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

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    If you were unconscious you'd be unlikely to do anything, but if you did you'd certainly be doing it unconsciously.
    Yes, good point. "Subconsciously" is probably the better word.

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    Re: Conscious or unconsciously

    I think that Bhai's comment was made tongue-in-cheek and wasn't meant to be taken literally. The "correct" word in psychoanalytic theory is "unconscious." "Subconscious" is used by lay people and popular writers to mean "unconscious," but does not exist as a discrete state.

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