Hello. Please help.

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    kadinposted 8 years ago

    Hello.  Please help.

    I do not understand why the correct choice of the below sentence is..."idle" and not "idly"

    "Several ships are standing idle in the post as the dock strike continues."

    In a similar sentence I use adverb to describe a verb...for example:: "The students are standing quietly in the hallway."   It's QUIETLY not  QUIET.  so what is the explanation for using IDLE instead of IDLY in the first sentence? thank you.

  2. _cheryl_ profile image80
    _cheryl_posted 8 years ago

    Good question. Kinda like, the word "roadway" pronounced with a long "o" sound right? Well then why is the word "broadway" pronounced with the short "o" sound? My only explanation for this is simply just the fact that in English there are so many exceptions to the rule....smile

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    kadinposted 8 years ago

    Thank you Cheryl.  "...there are so many exceptions to the rule". That's what my friends have been telling em too smile

 
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