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    Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    Use adverbs of manner when you are describing or giving more information about action verbs.
    The ILI English Series, High-intermediate 1, page 23

    As far as I know love is a stative verb. Is there anything wrong with the following sentence:
    I love her madly.
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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    I don't find it very natural though I can't say it's grammatically wrong. You'll certainly hear "I'm madly in love with him/her".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't find it very natural"
    Here's an example from Oxford Dictionary with another stative verb:
    I miss her badly.

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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    That's absolutely fine.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    If "badly" were an adverb of manner in "I miss her badly", the opposite would be "I miss her well". That isn't the case. "I miss her badly" means "I miss her a lot" or "I miss her and that really hurts me".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are not. I meant to say that - I have now corrected my slip. Sorry
    Thanks! Lesson learned: not all adverbs ending in -ly are manner adverbs. An English teacher who's still a learner!
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    Re: Can we use adverbs of manner with stative verbs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mori View Post
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