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    to rely heavily on something

    Hello. The expression "to rely heavily on something". Is it correct? Because "heavily" is an adverb of manner so it must be putted after the direct object "something". In this way it would be: "to rely on something heavily".

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Is the expression "to rely heavily on something" correct? Yes, it is. Because "Heavily" is an adverb of manner so it must be put after the direct object "something". What makes you think that?

    In this way it would be: "to rely on something heavily" The original is fine.
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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Here: BBC World Service | Learning English | The Flatmates - Language Point 75

    In the part where says "Adverbs of manner - verbs with objects"

    Thank you for the corrections, specially the "put" one.

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    That website is mistaken in calling 'wide' in that sentence an adverb of manner, in my opinion. If you open a door wide, you open it so that it is wide open. 'Wide' does not describe the manner of opening.

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That website is mistaken in calling 'wide' in that sentence an adverb of manner, in my opinion. If you open a door wide, you open it so that it is wide open. 'Wide' does not describe the manner of opening.
    You're right about that, the webpage is mistaken. But regardless of that, I've seen the rule verb+direct_object+adverb_of_manner in many other places. They say the exception is when the direct object is too long so, in that case the adverb can be put after the verb, but this is not the case.

    So, is there complete freedom in the positioning of adverbs of manner?

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    So, is there complete freedom in the positioning of adverbs of manner?
    No, there isn't, but there are several possibilities:

    'David bravely confronted Goliath'.
    'Bravely, David confronted Goliath.'
    'David confronted Goliath bravely.'

    But not

    'David confronted bravely Goliath.'

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello. The expression "to rely heavily on something". Is it correct? Because "heavily" is an adverb of manner so it must be putted after the direct object "something". In this way it would be: "to rely on something heavily".

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    The verb "rely" is intransitive. It does not take a direct object. The word "something" is the object of the preposition "on". Therefore, the "rule" would not apply to this situation even if it were a valid rule.

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That website is mistaken in calling 'wide' in that sentence an adverb of manner, in my opinion. If you open a door wide, you open it so that it is wide open. 'Wide' does not describe the manner of opening.
    Hello.

    I'd like to ask a question here.

    What would you call that "wide"? Is it an adverb of degree?
    "To open something wide" is an interesting construction.
    It looks like a similar construction to "I painted the walls yellow."

    Thank you.

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.

    I'd like to ask a question here.

    What would you call that "wide"? Is it an adverb of degree?
    "To open something wide" is an interesting construction.
    It looks like a similar construction to "I painted the walls yellow."

    Thank you.
    I would call it a resultative adjective.

    He painted the fence white.
    I painted the walls yellow.
    He cooked the steaks medium.

    See here: Resultative Adjective - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com

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    Re: to rely heavily on something

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would call it a resultative adjective.

    He painted the fence white.
    I painted the walls yellow.
    He cooked the steaks medium.

    See here: Resultative Adjective - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com
    I considered that possibility. However, after the processes, the fence is white and the walls are yellow, but the steak is not medium, and the door is certainly not wide. I think I would classify 'wide' as an adverb modifying an unspoken adjective 'open' in the idea of "He moved the door to a wide open state'. I am not happy with that, but it's the best I can come up with.

    This does rather show up one of the weaknesses of some parts of speech labels.

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