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    Breathe easy/easily

    "It will help you breathe easy." That's what I saw in Boots. But 2easy2 is an adjective, shouldn't I say EASILY instead of easy? Or can it be both an adjective and an adverb? Thank you.

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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    I'd go for the adverb, but the adjective may be used in conversational English. Native speakers will no doubt help us further with this question.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    You can use both of them. (Both of them are correct)
    (I am not a teacher)
    Last edited by EnglishLearner1990; 29-Jul-2013 at 12:26.

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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    You can use both of them. (Both of them are correct)
    (I am not a teacher)
    What makes you say that, EnglishLearner1990?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    Quote Originally Posted by vasea1977 View Post
    "It will help you breathe easy." That's what I saw in Boots. But 2easy2 is an adjective, shouldn't I say EASILY instead of easy? Or can it be both an adjective and an adverb? Thank you.
    "Breathe easy" has an idiomatic usage meaning to not feel stress, to not worry, to feel relaxed.

    If you wanted a more literal meaning of 'breathing without difficulty' (from congestion, for example), "breathe easily" would be the better choice.

    Depending on the context where you heard it, it could mean either or both. Advertisers for cough/cold/allergy medications commonly use this idiom, meaning both that their product helps your breathing, and that you don't need to feel stressed about being sick after you take their product.

    (not a teacher, just a language lover)
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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    As I know, both of them are correct.

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    Re: Breathe easy/easily

    Quote Originally Posted by EnglishLearner1990 View Post
    As I know, both of them are correct.
    Only in the proper context.

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