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    adverb/adjective

    Hi,
    Can anyone please help me by explaining why you use an adjective in the first sentence and an adverb in the second.
    1, The fact is easy to describe.
    2, The fact is easily described.


    Thanks you very much!
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    Re: adverb/adjective

    1. You are modifying the fact. It is easy to describe that fact.
    2. You are modifying the action of describing.

    Easy to describe = easily described = described with ease.
    Difficult to describe = no equivalent adverb form as as single word = described with difficulty.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: adverb/adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    1. You are modifying the fact. It is easy to describe that fact.
    2. You are modifying the action of describing.

    Easy to describe = easily described = described with ease.
    Difficult to describe = no equivalent adverb form as as single word = described with difficulty.
    Thank you very much for your quick reply!

    Could you say something like: "The fact is easily to describe"?
    For me this "sounds" wrong but I can't explain it...

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    Re: adverb/adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Babsu View Post
    Could you say something like: "The fact is easily to describe"?
    For me this "sounds" wrong but I can't explain it...
    No. Easily​ is an adverb and can't be followed by an infinitive.
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    Re: adverb/adjective

    On reflection, I've found a case where an adverb like easily can be followed by an infinitive: He slipped easily out of the cockpit. Here easily modifies slipped,​ which precedes it.
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    Re: adverb/adjective

    I don't see "out of the cockpit" as an infinitive.

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    Re: adverb/adjective

    That was embarrassing. I changed my example sentence and, in the process, forgot what I was trying to write.

    My original sentence was He tried mightily to find a suitable example. I haven't come up with an example using easily.
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    #8

    Re: adverb/adjective

    Your original sentence was great.

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    Re: adverb/adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your original sentence was great.
    It was fabulous!
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