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Old 12-23-2008, 08:18 PM
 
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I hear people say this ALL THE TIME, isn't it incorrect? I think careful is an adverb and should end in -ly; thus "drive carefully".


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Old 12-23-2008, 08:20 PM
 
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I agree. "Drive" is a verb and "carefully" is an adverb, which describes a verb.
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I think you are correct.
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when I read the title I automatically read "drive carefully" and clicked to see who was having the next storm.

Guess that's why I am a terrible proof reader. I know what it should say and read it that way.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:22 PM
 
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Yep needs -ly. Is this a regional thing? I never hear "Drive Careful." But here the problem is the past participle --"have went" for example.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:27 PM
 
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It may be a regional thing. Around here, we say, "Drive safe," which is also incorrect.


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Old 12-23-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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I often say "Drive Careful" or "Drive Safe". Yes, I know it is incorrect, but for some reason I don't correct myself. Perhaps, this post will help me. Thanks for the reminder.
 
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Regional thing?
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Original poster here; I am in the midwest. Wish I could have a snappy comeback!
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Definitely drive carefully. I have never heard anyone say "drive careful" must be a regional thing. I have heard "drive safe" before, which, although is wrong, somehow sounds better. Probably because I'm used to hearing it
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:03 PM
 
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My point of view is, we all say "Be Safe!, Be Careful" so why not just say "Drive Safe! or, Drive Careful" It's just a slang term, I guess. I never really considered that saying grammatically incorrect.
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I just saw that on a billboard the other day (drive careful) and I thought the same thing. I think after teaching grammar for so long, those things stick out like a sore thumb! I'm also in the Midwest and have noticed that people here often leave out the -ly in phrases like that. Drives me crazy.


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Adverbs
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Hi Luckydog,

I'm glad you posted. I have been noticing that the use of adverbs correctly has been declining rapidly. News reporters, advertisements and simple things like "Drive safe(ly)." I often find myself adding the LY to these errors.

Another example of declining use of proper English!

On a different note, I had a student several years ago ask me if "WHOM" was really a word when I asked "To whom does this pencil belong?"
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:08 AM
 
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Just got off the phone with my son and ended the call with, "Drive Safe." I am just as bad as everyone else.
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Old 12-24-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Yes, it is drive safely or drive carefully. ooooo
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Old 12-24-2008, 11:17 AM
 
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I am with you. Hearing "have went" drives me crazy! And I hear teachers at my school say it all the time! AAAAAAHHHHHH!
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