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    Wink old as an adverb

    Hi everybody!

    I hope you can help me!
    I was teaching adverbs of manner and a student asked me if there was a form to say old as an adverb of manner. I answered that he could say anciently, but he told me that he asked me about old.
    In fact, I have looked for old as an adverb, but I haven't found it.
    Is there an adverb of manner for old?
    Thanks a lot.


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    Re: old as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by duyi View Post
    Hi everybody!

    I hope you can help me!
    I was teaching adverbs of manner and a student asked me if there was a form to say old as an adverb of manner. I answered that he could say anciently, but he told me that he asked me about old.
    In fact, I have looked for old as an adverb, but I haven't found it.
    Is there an adverb of manner for old?
    Thanks a lot.
    I'm having a hard time imagining such a situation, Duyi. Can you provide one?

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    Re: old as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I'm having a hard time imagining such a situation, Duyi. Can you provide one?
    Perhaps we should go in "old-fashioned" direction? Is there any adverb of "old-fashioned"? I guess not...
    Last edited by banderas; 22-May-2008 at 04:09. Reason: typo

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    Re: old as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by duyi View Post
    Hi everybody!

    I hope you can help me!
    I was teaching adverbs of manner and a student asked me if there was a form to say old as an adverb of manner. I answered that he could say anciently, but he told me that he asked me about old.
    In fact, I have looked for old as an adverb, but I haven't found it.
    Is there an adverb of manner for old?
    Thanks a lot.
    I don't believe you could say "oldly". The only way out is to make the equivalence indirect, either with one word (as you did with "historically"; you could also use "archaically", depending on context) or as an adverbial phrase - "in an old[-fashioned] way/manner" or something like "in the old style".

    Incidentally (and people easily bored by reflections on foreign languages can move on now) this sort of paraphrase is the reason why so many recipes (French and Italian ones spring to mind, but I'm sure there are others) use a feminine adjective although the noun is masculine - boeuf bouguignonne, for example. People who know a little (but not quite enough) French try to make the noun and the adjective agree, and (mistakenly) say *bourguignon. But the boeuf is cooked '[dans la manière] bourgignonne' ('Burgundy- fashion/style'? - I'm not sure off-hand of the exact geographical reference of bourgignonne).

    - rambling again

    b

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