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    better/seldom/fast + Ly = ?

    Hello friends,

    Can we add [Ly] to adverbs containing no [Ly]?

    I mean:

    betterly
    seldomly
    fastly

    etc.

    Source: self made grammar question
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    Re: better/seldom/fast + Ly = ?

    Why on earth would you want to add an adverb marker to a word that is already an adverb?

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    Re: better/seldom/fast + Ly = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Why on earth would you want to add an adverb marker to a word that is already an adverb?
    Because some minutes a go I heard a native English girl said "seldomly" in a chat room while talking and I got surprised. That's why I asked it of you.

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    Re: better/seldom/fast + Ly = ?

    If you had Googled "seldomly", you would probably have found this: Seldomly - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary

    We could have saved some time if you had asked us about the word "seldomly" in the first post.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: better/seldom/fast + Ly = ?

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hello friends,

    Can we add [Ly] to adverbs containing no [Ly]?

    I mean:

    betterly
    seldomly
    fastly

    etc.

    Source: self made grammar question
    Thank you
    "Betterly" is not a word and I don't believe it ever was one.

    "Seldomly" appears in some dictionaries, but it is marked as "archaic". My guess is it was formed from seldom (the adjective) to make an adverb. But then the word "seldom" became both an adjective and an adverb, and "seldomly" fell into disuse.

    "Fastly" appears in some dictionaries but has nothing to do with speed. It means firmly or securely, as with something tied down with rope. This word is also rarely used, probably by the same process that decreased the use of seldomly.

    I would not use any of them.

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