Do you use the second one at all? (And also, do you use "at all" in non negated sentences?)

This one is obvious: A is simliar to B.

What about this one:

Similar(ly) to the previously examined example, B has to be changed to comply with the specification.

Thanks in advance,

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I have never heard of similarly being used. It is a word and I think it COULD be used in that way but there are better ways.
I have used "similarly to" as you have above, and was searching the net to see if I was justified. I see you had the same question. My logic is that we are now using similar an adverb instead of an adjective; it describes "how". So adding 'ly' makes sense.
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There is no problem using the adverb "similarly". Good sources for samples of usage are the British National Corpus and the American Corpus . Here are a few examples of what you'll find in those:

- It works very similarly to the technology that's being used in ...
- Presumably, these rules would apply similarly to states applying for member or associate status.
- This game is played similarly to hopscotch on a nine section, square grid drawn on the playground.
- Tencel also is stronger and drapes similarly to silk.
- It's priced similarly to cars like the Toyota Corolla GXi and Renault's Clio RSi.
I believe you can use the second one as follows:

Similarly, in the previously examined example, B has to be changed to comply with the specification.

Hi Paul,

There is huge difference between the two. The first one is an adverb and the second is an adjective, hence the first one describes objects while the second one describes action.

For example Jon and John are similar but as one is Irish and the other Australian they do not speak similarly at all. you could say that in fact their accents are not similar at all.

Think of slowly as opposed to slow: I am slow eater and runer but i do not like making sex slowly.

Hope this helps ;-).

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I think you use 'similar to' but 'similarly' without 'to'.

Here is what OALD says:

SIMILARLY (adverb)

1 in almost the same way

Husband and wife were similarly successful in their chosen careers.

2 used to say that two facts, actions, statements, etc. are like each other [Your case, I guess]

The United States won most of the track and field events. Similarly, in swimming, the top three places went to Americans.

SIMILAR (adjective)

like somebody/something but not exactly the same

We have very similar interests.

similar (to somebody/something)

My teaching style is similar to that of most other teachers.

similar (in something)

The two houses are similar in size.

The brothers look very similar.

All our patients have broadly similar problems.

The disease attacks the immune system in a similar way to AIDS.

Stir the paint with a piece of wood or something similar.

Hope this helps.
AnonymousI am slow eater and runer
I think that this statement would be more effective and credible if the "runner" was correctly spelled. Now I am not sure if anonymous is a veritable source or not. Hmmm.
The reply by Yankee is by far the best! Thanks - this helped!
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