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Safe vs. Safely

February 2018
Spot the Error

Without fail, every time Leah leaves the house, her mother calls after her, “Drive safe!”

No one can “drive safe,” but everyone can “drive safely.” Safe and safely are different parts of speech: one is an adjective and the other is an adverb.

Grammar Refresher
Adjectives describe nouns, such as “a safe driver.” Adverbs describe mostly verbs—such as “drive safely”—but also adjectives.

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