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    • Join Date: Aug 2008
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    #1

    take it slowly or slow?

    that's my question.

    i think slowly will be right word while one of my friends insists it should be slow.

    if i am correct, then i want to ask another question.

    that is, why do we use an adverb here but in some caes we use an adjective like in the phrase "take it easy"? what is the difference?

    could anyone help me?

    thanks a lot and best wishes on new year's eve!~


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    #2

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    Quote Originally Posted by okman chan View Post
    that's my question.

    i think slowly will be right word while one of my friends insists it should be slow.

    if i am correct, then i want to ask another question.

    that is, why do we use an adverb here but in some caes we use an adjective like in the phrase "take it easy"? what is the difference?

    could anyone help me?

    thanks a lot and best wishes on new year's eve!~
    It should be take it slowly.

    The adverb slowly modifies the verb to take [= to do].

    What would the adjective slow be modifiying or in reference to?

    Take it easy is a very idiomatic phrase. It is very colloquial and I am not sure how you would explain it clearly in grammatical terms. Take it easily seems to stray even further from what the phrase is taken to mean (i.e. relax).
    Last edited by colloquium; 30-Dec-2008 at 17:45.


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    #3

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    Yes, I also noticed those fluctuations, particularly in conversational English:

    'Come quick' instead of 'quickly'.
    'I'd like to get drunk quick'
    'Speak slower' instead of 'more slowly'.

    But: You should take it seriously. Take it easy.


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    #4

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    thanks!
    i've learned it.


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    #5

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Yes, I also noticed those fluctuations, particularly in conversational English:

    'Come quick' instead of 'quickly'.
    'I'd like to get drunk quick'
    'Speak slower' instead of 'more slowly'.

    But: You should take it seriously. Take it easy.
    Hello

    Look at this, please:

    ľadverb
    16. Informal. in an easy manner; comfortably: to go easy; take it easy.

    ľadverb
    19. quickly.

    The word "serious" has no adverbial usage.



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    #6

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    It looks there is a limited number of adverbs such as 'quickly', 'slowly', etc. that tend to drop the suffix 'ly' in certain contexts. It would be useful to make up a list of those adverbs.

    Come quick.
    I bought it cheap.
    .....


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    #7

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post

    The word "serious" has no adverbial usage.

    Doesn't it?

    He is seriously ill (modifying the adjective ill).

    Seriously, she does not like it when you do that (modifying the sentence).

    That is one seriously fast car (informal) (modifying the verb fast).


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    Cool Re: take it slowly or slow?

    "Life...is just a bowl of cherries.
    Don't take it serious,
    Life's too mysterious."

    --music by Ray Henderson and lyrics by Buddy DeSylva and Lew Brown


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    #9

    Re: take it slowly or slow?

    Don't take it serious,
    Life's too mysterious."


    Ah, so THAT'S where Americans learn their English - not in the classroom, but out of jukeboxes!

    (My apologies to certain American native speakers in this forum, who strive as hard as I to promote...)
    Last edited by David L.; 30-Apr-2009 at 21:02.

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