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    How to think? positive or positively?

    Hi,


    Think positive vs. Think positively:


    Are both of them correct grammatically? If so, what is the difference?


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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    I consider 'think positively' grammatical because 'think' is a verb, which takes an adverb such as 'positively' as its modifier, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    I think both are correct and there is no difference. I think most adverbs mean "in an (adjective) way/move" like when "positive" is used as an adverb, It means "in a positive way/move." Do you understand?

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    "positive" is used as an adverb
    I would not use it as an adverb if the following dictionary is correct, but I am not a teacher.
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...glish/positive

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    AS this Ngram shows, both forms are used.

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    There are other adjectives commonly used as adverb: work smart, drive safe.
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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    Using some adjectives after some verbs is really difficult to understand. Is there any grammatical rule on when and where to use adjectives after verbs? Please clarify.

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    If you always use the adverb form when there is a separate one, you will be right 99% of the time.

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    And look for a list of linking verbs.

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    Re: How to think? positive or positively?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    And look for a list of linking verbs.
    A good point. See Linking Verbs.

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