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Hello,

I'm not an English teacher by profession, though I'm helping out some German friends with their English.

They usually ask for a more grammatical explanation The following sentence is clearly incorrect, but how do I explain it in grammatical terms?

* I worked really hardly and we got the contract.

I think it's got something to do with not following one adverb ending in -ly with another - but then again, we can say 'really,really...'

I would be very grateful for any help to clarify this please Emotion: smile
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No, it has to do with the meaning of the word 'hardly' -- which is quite different from the meaning of the word 'hard'.
Tell your German friends that 'hardly' means the same thing as the German word 'kaum'. That should do it. Emotion: wink If it doesn't, you can also tell them that the word 'hard' can be used both as an adjective AND an adverb. The same is true of the word 'fast', for example.

It is possible to have one adverb modifiying another adverb (as long as it makes sense):
- The plan worked incredibly well.
- He finished his homework remarkably quickly.
It is more common to find '-ly' adverbs modifying verbs and adjectives, though.
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To the original poster:
Pls do not post twice. If posting in anonymous mode, wait, it takes longer.
Can anyone please explain why the following sentence is incorrect?
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Thanks very much for your reply with regards to the grammar question. Emotion: smile

About posting twice - it was not intentional. Emotion: rolleyes I did not know the first one went through - we can all make mistakes, it's notthat bad.
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The point is that after posting in anonymous mode you must wait several hours to see your posts. If you're in a rush, sign in, and post. Better to lose 1 minute for signing in, than wait for hours.
Now, if you've posted already in anonymous mode, pls make us a favor and wait.
Marius HancuThe point is that after posting in anonymous mode you must wait several hours to see your posts. If you're in a rush, sign in, and post. Better to lose 1 minute for signing in, than wait for hours.

Now, if you've posted already in anonymous mode, pls make us a favor and wait.

It doesn't take several hours...just a few minutes.