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Offline chuliona

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Exceptionally or exceptional
« on: September 12, 2013, 11:34:38 am »
His exceptionally/exceptional creative ability ...

Which one is correct,  exceptionally or exceptional?  An adverb, I suppose.

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Iona

Offline Bertha

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Re: Exceptionally or exceptional
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2013, 12:17:51 pm »
His exceptionally/exceptional creative ability ...

Which one is correct,  exceptionally or exceptional?  An adverb, I suppose.

Thanks
Iona

Actually, both are correct, but meaning is slightly affected.

  • His exceptional creative ability ... ("exceptional" is an adjective that modifies "ability," so his ability is both exceptional and creative)
  • His exceptionally creative ability ... ("exceptionally" is an adverb that modifies "creative" which is an adjective, so his ability is exceptionally creative)
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Re: Exceptionally or exceptional
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2013, 12:20:23 pm »
His exceptionally/exceptional creative ability ...

Which one is correct,  exceptionally or exceptional?  An adverb, I suppose.

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Iona

Well, no, not really. I would consider 'creative ability' as one entity, one quality. It was exceptional.
So
His exceptional creative ability
is correct.

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Re: Exceptionally or exceptional
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2013, 12:21:42 pm »
Sorry, Bertha. We were both writing at the same time. I see your point.

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Re: Exceptionally or exceptional
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2013, 01:53:31 pm »
I would agree with Bertha on this.
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Re: Exceptionally or exceptional
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2013, 02:44:20 pm »
Many thanks.