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Autor:  Brazilian-in the-USA
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Data:  09/MAR/2013 1:51 PM
Assunto:  Word formation
Mensagem:  Curious,

I don't know the grammatical rule, I just know how to do it.

You need to read and listen to a lot of English spoken by native speakers. This way you can develop a gut feeling of what is right or wrong in the language without having to spend years studying grammatical rules.

For example, positive is an adjective, and you can turn it into an adjective by adding -ly to it, thus positively.

Adjective to Adverb

"Our channel delivers positive programs." "Our channel is positively entertaining."

"His communication is bad." "He communicates badly."

"Her English is fluent." "She speaks English fluently."

"She has such a beautiful voice." "She sings beautifully."

"You're an aggressive driver." "You drive aggressively."

"I have strong opinions about this issue." "I feel very strongly about this issue."

Verbs to Nouns

"His company pays little money." He needs a pay raise."

"He is a little bit down these days, he is in need of a friendly word."

"The gap between the haves and the have-nots still shows up clearly at the polls" (Brad Edmondson).

(usually plural) a person or group of people in possession of relatively little material wealth

In my opinion, the way to learn it is to read and listen to the spoken language a lot.

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 English Made in Brazil -- English, Portuguese, & contrastive linguistics
Word formation  –  Curious  08/MAR/2013, 5:21 PM
Word formation  –  Josi  08/MAR/2013, 11:41 PM
 Word formation  –  Brazilian-in the-USA  09/MAR/2013, 1:51 PM
Word formation  –  Marina Mendes  10/MAR/2013, 7:37 PM
Word formation  –  Curious  12/MAR/2013, 11:03 AM
Word formation  –  Curious  12/MAR/2013, 11:02 AM
Word formation  –  Curious  12/MAR/2013, 11:02 AM

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