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    had evolved well before the Greek period

    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?
    Thanks!


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    Re: had evolved well before the Greek period

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    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?
    Thanks!

    "well before" means "a long time before". Yes, 'well' refers to 'before'.

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    Re: had evolved well before the Greek period

    Thank you!
    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.

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    Re: had evolved well before the Greek period

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you!
    I would like to know if there is any possibilitty that "well" refers to the verb "evolve"?
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    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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    Re: had evolved well before the Greek period

    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.

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    Re: had evolved well before the Greek period

    ... 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.

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