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Abasedly is an adverb describing something as occurring in an abjectly or downcastly manner.
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An adverb is one of the parts of speech used to limit or qualify the signification of an adjective, verb, or other adverb; as, very cold, naturally brave, much more clearly, readily agreed. Adverbs may be classified as follows: 1) adverbs of time, as, now, then, never, etc; 2) of place, as, here, there, where, etc; 3) of degree, as, very, much, nearly, almost, etc; 4) of affirmation, negation, or doubt, as, yes, no, certainly, perhaps, etc. 5) of manner, as, well, badly, clearly, etc.
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Amiss is an adjective which means wrong, faulty, out of order. As an adverb, amiss means wrongly or out of the way.
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A is used before a consonant, an before a vowel. Thus we say an Emperor, a King. Sometimes a virtual consonant exists at the beginning of a word without being written, as in union and once, which are pronounced with the initial sounds of y and w, younion and wunce. Before such words it is customary to drop the final letter of the article, at least in pronunciation, and there can be no good reason for not writing a union, a once beloved monarch. On the other hand, whenever h is mute, we should retain the n both in writing and speaking; thus, an history, but an historical'work. That an and not a is the primitive form of the article, is proved by the Anglo-Saxon an and the German ein; indeed our own numeral one is only another and fuller form of the same word. In such phrases as three shillings a pound, the article evidently has this meaning. The double shape of our article has led to a corrupt mode of writing certain words; thus from an eft was deduced a, neft, a newt. The letter a often appears prefixed to nouns so as to constitute a kind of adverb, as afoot, aside, aboard, now-a-days, etc. These, as Horne Tooke observes, are all abbreviations of on fote, on syde, on borde, now-on-daies, etc, which thus occur in our old English poets. This on is an Anglo-Saxon preposition with the meaning of in. In many words now in use, the a in the beginning takes the place of on. Alive, for instance, means on life, i.e. in life. So 'he fell asleep', in the old translation of the New Testament is, he fell on sleep. The a formerly often prefixed to our participles in ing, both in the active and passive sense, as the house is a-preparing, he is gone a-walking, has the same origin.
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Barely is an adverb meaning hardly, scarcely, nakedly, openly, merely.
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Formerly is an adverb meaning some time ago, in the past. Before. Thus we might say that formerly typewriters were much used for writing documents, but now they have been replaced by computers and word processors.
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Parts of speech are the classes into which words are divided in virtue of the special functions which they discharge in the sentence. Properly speaking there are only seven such classes, namely the noun, adjective, pronoun, verb, adverb, preposition, and conjunction; for the article, which is usually classed as a separate part of speech, is essentially an adjective, while the interjection can hardly be said to belong to articulate speech at all.
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Ravenously is an adverb meaning something is done in a greedy or very hungry fashion with extreme energy and keenness. When we speak of someone eating their dinner ravenously we give the impression that they quickly eat it, stuffing large amounts of food into their mouth at a time as though they have not eaten in a long time.
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Solemnly is an adverb describing an action as being carried out in a ceremonial, serious, important fashion. An oath taken in court is taken solemnly.
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The infinitive form of a verb in English involves the use of the word 'to'. Thus, 'to state' is an infinitive. A split infinitive is a situation where an adverb is interposed between the word 'to' and the verb, for example, 'to openly state' is a split infinitive, the correct term being 'to state openly' or 'openly to state'.
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