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    #1

    relatively?

    I have underlined in red below sentences, please explain to me why write this word adding "ly" in the end?

    Other efforts to support the financial markets have largely flopped -- a much-hyped pilot program to connect the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges has attracted relatively little investor interest.

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    #2

    Re: relatively?

    The -ly makes it an adverb. As an adverb it modifies the adjective "little".

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    #3

    Re: relatively?

    Can I put here?

    Other efforts to support the financial markets have largely flopped -- a much-hyped pilot program to connect the Hong Kong and Shanghai exchanges has relatively attracted little investor interest.

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    #4

    Re: relatively?

    No.

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    #5

    Re: relatively?

    Reason!?
    I think this adverb describes the attracted as same time to describe little.
    Both are work for me.

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    #6

    Re: relatively?

    I disagree.

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    #7

    Re: relatively?

    You have no reason for this issue.
    I can't learn from you and English.
    I still confused.

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    #8

    Re: relatively?

    Sorry. But not all why questions have answers. Your proposed structure just doesn't work. You can accept that or not.

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    #9

    Re: relatively?

    What it has attracted is little interest. How much? relatively little interest It is modifying the degree of interest, not the attraction. If I kick a fairly big ball, you cannot say that I have fairly kicked the ball- fairly is modifying the size, not the kick. It is the same here.

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    #10

    Re: relatively?

    Tdol, what about this example?

    We had relatively few applications for the job.

    Correct?

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