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    nature of adverb - inadvertently

    "Stylistically, the author wins marks for a goods clear structure and some strong writing but then loses marks for typographical errors and inadvertently omitting words"

    Inadvertently is an adverb. However, it seems to modify "omitting" that is not a verb, but an adjective modifying "words" by changing itself into +ing form. Is it grammatically correct? If so, how and when we can appropriately use similar structure in a sentence under the rule of grammar? Would you please provide some examples for illustration. Thanks.

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    Re: nature of adverb - inadvertently

    Omitting is not an adjective, and it is not modifying anything. It is a gerund, object of the preposition for. Its direct object is words. Gerunds can be modified by adverbs

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    Re: nature of adverb - inadvertently

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Omitting is not an adjective, and it is not modifying anything. It is a gerund, object of the preposition for. Its direct object is words. Gerunds can be modified by adverbs
    Adverbs can also modify adjectives, as in She's a very happy girl.
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    Re: nature of adverb - inadvertently

    Quote Originally Posted by cyrusevilming View Post
    However, it seems to modify "omitting" that is not a verb
    Adverbs don't only modify verbs- they can modify many things.

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