Nice, enjoyable article about the lack of need for adverbs.
The adverb has an undeservedly bad reputation, I believe. The adverb is a part of speech, so it has to have an important role in grammar and sentence structure. I learned that in school. Yet, famous authors often malign the adverb and say its usage hurts writing. Stephen King has said: “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs,…” When the Modern Master of Horror equates a kind of word with eternal damnation, you have to take that seriously.
I just finished reading On Writing by Stephen King. It seems that every writer says that every writer should read it, so if I’m going to be a writer, I thought I’d better read it. I’m not going to review the book because you can get a review of it anywhere. I’ve criticized King recently about how sometimes he doesn’t follow his own writing advice, and…
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