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    Question Easily available

    I see phrases such as "easily available" and "readily available" everywhere. However "easily" is an adverb so surely such usage is incorrect? Would it be more correct to use, for example, "easily found"?

    What expression would you recommend to replace "easily available" (if, in fact, it really is incorrect)?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Re: Easily available

    'Readily available' is probably better than 'easily available', but there is nothing grammatically wrong with either of them.

    'Easily' is an adverb and 'available' is an adjective. So what's the problem? And why didn't you think there was anything wrong with 'readily'?
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    Re: Easily available

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    'Readily available' is probably better than 'easily available', but there is nothing grammatically wrong with either of them.

    'Easily' is an adverb and 'available' is an adjective. So what's the problem?
    I thought the purpose of an adverb was to modify (?) a verb. Available - as you say - is an adjective, not a verb.

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    And why didn't you think there was anything wrong with 'readily'?
    I didn't say that. They are both adverbs.

    Take another example:
    1. "The problem is easily rectifiable" and 2. "the problem is easily rectified."

    It seems to me that example 1 uses an adjective (wrong) and example 2 uses a verb (correct).

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    Re: Easily available

    Hmm, according to this, an adverb CAN modify an adjective!
    https://www.grammarly.com/handbook/g...other-adverbs/

    Well, I learn something new every day.

    It just sounds so wrong to me. :(

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    Re: Easily available

    If you need to remember a useful sentence to remind you that an adverb can modify an adjective, use "I am happily married".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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