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    Works great oder works greatly?

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    Works great oder works greatly?

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    This plan works great.

    This plan works greatly.


    Ich versuche gerade herauszufinden, welche der beiden Formulierungen wohl richtiger ist, und stehe völlig auf dem Schlauch. Eigentlich klingt beides für mich falsch, die Version mit "greatly" noch etwas falscher, aber warum? Müsste hier nicht ein Adverb kommen?


    Kann mir mal jemand vom Schlauch herunterhelfen? Danke.

    AuthorKopfloser_Nick (1064761) 21 Feb 20, 08:48
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    'Works great' is correct, though casual. 'Works (very) well,' 'works perfectly,' etc. would be better in writing.

    'Greatly' is used in other contexts, meaning 'very much,' 'to a great degree,' 'by a great extent,' etc.

    Her schoolwork is greatly improved.
    His performance has improved greatly.
    Your gift was greatly appreciated.
    Opinions differ greatly on that issue.
    Cost-cutting measures have greatly reduced expenses.

    #1Author hm -- us (236141) 21 Feb 20, 09:48
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    Ich spekuliere mal über eine grammatische Erklärung:

    In

    The plan works great.

    wird "great" prädikativ gebraucht, also eher im Sinne von

    The plan turns out to be great.

    Vgl.

    The shampoo smells good.


    Aber vielleicht ist es auch einfach ein Fall von "sagt man halt so". ;-)


    In hm--us' Gegenbeispielen ist "greatly" ein echtes Adverb.

    #2Author Raudona (255425) 21 Feb 20, 10:00
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    Dann war mein Bauchgefühl doch richtig, dass "greatly" hier nicht geht.


    Danke euch!

    #3AuthorKopfloser_Nick (1064761) 21 Feb 20, 11:32
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    Good, when used as an adverb (the shampoo smells good) is sometimes called a flat adverb because it lacks the -ly ending. In this sentence, good must be considered acceptable for print (not incorrect) because there is no alternative. On the other hand, He did good (where good is construed as an adverb, not a noun) is clearly colloquial and would not be used in edited writing. (Some grammarians claim that good used in this way is actually an adjective. But the fact is that it modifies the verb, smells, and nothing else in the sentence.)


    It is an interesting oddity of English that goodly is an adjective and cannot be used as an adverb: A goodly amount.


    English has a number of flat (or bare) adverbs that in certain situations cannot take an -ly ending and are always flat: set them straightbe toughgo farlay low, finish last.

    #4Author Bob C. (254583)  21 Feb 20, 17:14
     
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