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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".
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.
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.
So, is there complete freedom in the positioning of adverbs of manner?
He painted the fence white.
I painted the walls yellow.
He cooked the steaks medium.
See here: Resultative Adjective - Glossary Definition - UsingEnglish.com
This does rather show up one of the weaknesses of some parts of speech labels.