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    #1

    Painful vs painfully.

    It's painful. It's painful when someone we care about betrays us.
    It's painfully.It's painfully when someone we care about betrays us.

    Is the second sentence correct?

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    #2

    Re: Painful vs painfully.

    No.

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    #3

    Re: Painful vs painfully.

    "Painful" is an adjective. It goes after "to be." You only use "painfully" (an adverb) to accompany a verb. Ex. It hit me painfully.

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    #4

    Re: Painful vs painfully.

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    You only use "painfully" (an adverb) to accompany modify a verb. Ex. For example, it hit me painfully.
    That's not entirely correct. An adverb can also modify an adjective.

    That was a painfully slow journey.

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