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-ly

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What then in love can woman do? If we grow fond they shun us. And when we fly them, they pursue: But leave us when they've won us.
John Gay
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See also ly, LY, and .ly

English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old English -līċ, from Proto-Germanic *-līko- (having the body or form of), from *līkom (body) (whence lich). Cognate with Dutch -lijk, German -lich and Swedish -lig.

Suffix

-ly

  1. Used to form adjectives from nouns, the adjectives having the sense of "like or characteristic of what is denoted by the noun".
    gentlemanly
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Etymology 2

From Old English -līċe.

Suffix

-ly

  1. Used to form adverbs from adjectives.
    suddenly
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Usage notes

  • In the English language, -ly is often omitted from adverbs (e.g. badly becomes bad). This is considered improper grammar, and should be corrected. "I want it bad." should be "I want it badly.", for example.

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