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    Can the word, "coolly" be used as an adjective?

    I would like to use the word coolly to modify a noun but it is defined as an adverb in the dictionary. Can adverb modify a noun? I do not want to use other forms of the word cool, as in coolish, cooler, or coolest adjectives because of needing the noun "mist" to be reminiscent of the verb "missed" being conveyed in the piece. So, "coolish missed, cooler missed, or coolest missed" (the idea behind the scene) does not bleed through as effective as "coolly missed" does, but I would need to say "coolly mist" to continue with the created imagery. Thanks.

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    Re: Can the word, "coolly" be used as an adjective?

    Welcome to the forum.

    Adverbs do not modify nouns, and I can't recommend using 'coolly mist'.

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    Re: Can the word, "coolly" be used as an adjective?

    There are a few (extremely few!) examples in which an adverb is modifying a noun, and perhaps a slightly higher distribution of adverbs modifying noun phrases. It's not important here, of course, but still worth remembering.

    A shortage of timber internationally led to a steep rises in prices. (adverb modifying noun)
    Ed ate almost the whole pie by himself! (adverb modifying noun phrase)

    This is where grammar gets interesting!

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