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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Writers who offer writing advice have not been kind to the adverb. From Mark Twain to Stephen King to Strunk & White, they all have taken it out on this poor part of speech.
To be fair, there's a certain truth to what they say. Overuse of the adverb may indicate a failure of imagination. Too much dependence on the adverb may make the writing stilted. But judicious use of this black sheep of the parts-of-speech family may be useful at times.
Instead of softly and quickly and extremely, try this week's adverbs for a change. But use them sparingly.
1. Sometimes; on occasion.
2. In good time; early.
3. Quickly; soon.
From Middle English bitimes, from bi (by) + time. Earliest documented use: 1314.
"I'm urged betimes to write something about this book or that author."
A Quest to Fix Unfair Neglect; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Jul 19, 1998.
"Since Knott was leaving in the morning, she went to bed betimes."
Betty Neels; Roses Have Thorns; Harlequin; 2012.
See more usage examples of betimes in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A hungry man is not a free man. -Adlai Stevenson, statesman (1900-1965)
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