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  1. BrunaBC's Avatar
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    #1

    coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Hi,

    When writing adverbs, I always have to check the dictionary the right spelling of the final part (-tely, -tly, -lly), like unfortunately, exactly

    and coincidentally. ​Is there any rule about that or it's just a matter of memorizing them?

    Thanks.
    Not a teacher.

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    #2

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi,

    When writing adverbs, I always have to check the dictionary the right spelling of the final part (-tely, -tly, -lly), like unfortunately, exactly

    and coincidentally. ​Is there any rule about that or it's just a matter of memorizing them?

    Thanks.
    All of your examples have "ly" added to the original word.

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    #3

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Hello.
    I agree with bhaisahab.
    They are all 'adjective + ly'.
    So, the key is to learn how to spell the original word (adjective).

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    #4

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Thank you bhaisahab and tzfujimino.
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    #5

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    I'm not a good speller. And I don't know why public becomes publicly instead of publically when other words take "ally." I have to look for the red squiggly line in Word that tells me I've made a mistake. If there's a rule, I don't know it, but I'd love to learn it. Is it because there is not "publical"?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #6

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I'm not a good speller. And I don't know why public becomes publicly instead of publically when other words take "ally."
    Swan says simply: "If an adjective ends in -ic, the adverb ends in -ically [no explanation given - 5jj]. [...] Exception: public - publicly".

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    #7

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    There is no rule.

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    #8

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Thank heavens for squiggly red lines, then.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: coincidentally/exactly/unfortunately

    Thank heavens for being able to switch off spell-check! Most of the sites I use refuse to let me choose "English - UK" and insist on me using "English - US" which of course means that, for me, it tells me that a lot of my correct spellings (BrE) are incorrect.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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