"strict" or "strictly" cash basis

Status
Not open for further replies.

dinilein

Member
Joined
Mar 14, 2006
Member Type
Student or Learner
Native Language
German
Home Country
Germany
Current Location
Germany
Hello,

when I did an adjective/adverb test there was a sentence:

"We deal on a strict/strictly cash basis."

I decided for "strict cash basis" thinking that "cash basis" is a compound
noun.
However, the correct answer was "strictly cash basis".

Can anybody explain why ?

Thanks

dinilein
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Hello,

when I did an adjective/adverb test there was a sentence:

We deal on a strict/strictly cash basis."

I decided for "strict cash basis" thinking that "cash basis" is a compound
noun.
However, the correct answer was "strictly cash basis".

Can anybody explain why ?

Thanks

dinilein

I agree with your reasoning. If they wanted to use an adverb ending '-ly' they should have rephrased the sentence: 'We deal strictly on a cash basis.' But I see nothing wrong with your version - indeed, I prefer it.

Other teachers may disagree; perhaps there's some rule I don't know about. But as to usage, I have rarely met 'on a strictly cash basis' (and have always glossed over it as... not so much a mistake, but an infelicity).

b
 

2006

Banned
Joined
Apr 9, 2007
Member Type
Other
Native Language
English
Home Country
Canada
Current Location
Canada
the other side

I much prefer 'strictly cash basis', as I really don't think cash basis is an accepted compound noun.
With 'strictly cash basis', basis is the noun, cash is an adjective modifying "basis" and strictly is an adverb modifying the adjective "cash".

Also, consider the following.

customer: How can I pay for it?
seller: It's strictly cash. [short for (It's a strictly cash deal.)(It's on a strictly cash basis.)]
Even in this abbreviated sentence, I don't think many native speakers would say "It's strict cash."
 

BobK

Harmless drudge
Staff member
Joined
Jul 29, 2006
Member Type
English Teacher
Native Language
English
Home Country
UK
Current Location
UK
Re: the other side

:up:;-) I'll buy that.

b
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top