…Let’s clear up the whole adverb thing, too, shall we?
Adverbs are used to modify verbs. They describe, generally, how something is or is done. For example:
Very and beautifully are adverbs – “beautifully” modifies (describes) how Robin paints and “very” modifies beautifully.
Now, while it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, most adverbs end in “ly.” I’m astounded, and more than a little concerned, that there seem to be an awful lot of people who don’t know that (or, being fair, it could just be that a lot of people simply don’t care). I can’t tell you how often I will be listening to something – the news, a t.v. show, people talking in the lobby of an office – and hear them drop the “ly” off the end of most of their adverbs:
“It all happened so quick, I didn’t have time to react.”
“I baked a cake last night, and it came out really nice.”
“You did that perfect!”
It’s particularly funny when Husband and I are together. We’ll hear someone drop the “ly” off of an adverb, turn to teach other, and mouth “LEE!” It just makes us feel better because, you know, it’s rude to correct the grammar of perfect strangers.
Now, lest you think I go around getting my jollies by making fun of other people’s poor grammar – I don’t. It makes me sad, more than anything else, to think that either they didn’t get the attention they deserved in school or that they just don’t care. We have a beautiful, complex language, and I’m concerned that, little by little, it’s slipping out of the grasp of a lot of Americans.