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    bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Still badly, two men died on the way to the hospital.

    Unfortunately, two men died on the way to the hospital.

    As far as I know, adverbs usually qualify verbs and adjectives. But why do the two sentences use adverbs at the beginning. Can I use bad and unfortunate to replace them? Thank you!

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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Where did you find these sentences?

    The first doesn't make sense.

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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    'They are called sentence adverbs'—quoted from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/gr...ntence-adverbs
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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12345 View Post
    As far as I know, adverbs usually qualify verbs and adjectives.
    As far as I know, an adverb can also qualify another adverb, as in 'Thank you very much'.
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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12345 View Post
    Can I use bad and unfortunate to replace them?
    No, you can't.
    However, "It is unfortunate that two men died on the way to the hospital." is OK if you wish to use the adjective "unfortunate".
    The adjective "bad" doesn't work in this way, unfortunately.


    (Edit) Please answer Rover's question in his post above.
    I'll take back what I've just said. "It is bad that ..." is actually OK: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?hardm=1...t%27s+bad+that
    I apologize for any confusion caused.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 26-Aug-2017 at 12:20.

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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Where did you find these sentences?

    The first doesn't make sense.
    An English test paper from China Still____(bad), two men died on the way to the hospital.

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    Re: bad badly unfortunate unfortunately

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike12345 View Post
    An English test paper from China Still____(bad), two men died on the way to the hospital.
    I think the answer is "worse" - the comparative form of "bad".
    Context is really important - we need to know the previous sentence(s).

    (Edit) http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionar...orse-etc-still
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 26-Aug-2017 at 12:40.

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