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The techniques of pottery manufacture had evolved well before the Greek period.
In the above sentence, which part of sentence that "well" refer to, evolve or before?
I think that in this sentence before is an adverb, therefore "well" may refer to it?
I would like to know if there is any possibility that "well" refers to the verb "evolve"?
Last edited by anhnha; 17-Oct-2012 at 08:58.
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.
We don't refer to things as evolving well (as opposed to evolving badly). If we were to put the two together we would say something was "well-evolved".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
... or something like '...The techniques of pottery manufacture had evolved fully/completely/to a considerable extent... well before the Greek period. But 'well-developed' is probably best.