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Using ‘LY’ in English grammar

In times past, formalists or early grammarians described word classes or parts of speech with regard to forms. Considering these somewhat inadequate generalisations, nouns are said to end in -ion (correction), verbs in -ise/ize (penalise), adjectives in -ive (instructive) and adverbs in -ly (gently). Observably, such generalisations have resulted in the erroneous use of some…



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