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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Grammar Lovers! So What Exactly Is a Flat Adverb?

Just a quick tip for visitors and subscribers to this newsletter. It's originally from my SharingwithWriters newsletter, but those who love words, grammar, and editing, it's a tip that may surprise you! 

"Many folks (including authors) aren’t aware—unless they’ve read my The Frugal Editor—that many grammar “rules” aren’t rules at all. Take the word slow. Sure you can “go slowly.” But dictionaries define slow as an adverb and as a synonym of slowly. You’ve all seen lists of adverbs that don’t end in ly, right? These adverbs are called flat adverbs. Some grammarians place slow into that category and even on those lists. So you go right ahead and use slow as an adverb secure in the knowledge that picky grammar cops get things wrong. . .mmm. . .quite often!"
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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults. and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success (How To Do It Frugally series of book for writers). Learn more about her other authors' aids at , where writers will find lists and other helps including Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog. She tweets writers' resources at . Please tweet this post to your followers. We all need a little help with editing. (-:

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