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    to lose + an adverb

    I would like to make up a few sentences with the verb, to lose, and then add an adverb to it.

    (1) A lack of business experience made him lose money disastrously.

    (2) He lost money unwisely in his ill-managed business.

    (3) They lost their hard-earned money significantly on their poor investments.

    Could someone please tell me whether I am using the correct adverbs to modify the verb, to lose, in these sentences? Thank you very much for your time and help.

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    Re: to lose + an adverb

    The first is fine. The second and third are not so natural.

    2, It's what you do unwisely that makes you lose money.
    3. It wasn't significant that they lost their money on poor investments. It is the amounts of money that were significant.

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    #3

    Re: to lose + an adverb

    @brianbrian, use the hints provided above by Piscean to rewrite #2 and #3.

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    Re: to lose + an adverb

    I think the adverbs for "lose" should describe how badly one loses or the degree of losing.

    "Disastrously" is appropriate. "Unwisely" is not.
    You could say "they lost significantly(without "their hard-earned money") on their poor investments", meaning, they lost a substantial amount of money.
    Last edited by tedmc; 12-Sep-2016 at 11:23.
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    #5

    Re: to lose + an adverb

    I think a pronoun can be used instead of an adverb, as in 'They lost all/most/much of their hard-earned money'.
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    #6

    Re: to lose + an adverb

    Yes, Matthew, but brianbrian asked us specifically about certain adverbs.

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