Place the adverb immediately before the adjective.
The courtesy of greeting others within your own firm is universally acceptable in the United States. In some countries, greetings are very expressive and elaborate. Downsizing is becoming an increasingly popular way for businesses to lower expenses.
Adverbs—Modify Adjectives PP 13-11 The following list includes some adverbs that do not end in ly . again more sometimes almost much soon always near then down now there far nowhere too fast often twice hard once up
Do Not Hyphenate Adverbs Ending in ly PP 13-12 Examples a carelessly written memo a richly deserved award an internationally recognized sign a highly successful business
well better best badly worse worst Positive Comparative Superlative
Absolute Adverbs PP 13-20 Some adverbs do not allow for comparisons no now past basically there here partly sometimes too very annually We feel that we need more telephone lines now . Ethics concerns today are similar to those in the past .
Place not between the helping verb and the main verb in a sentence.
Some employees do not treat all customers with respect.
Use never as a stronger word than not to mean “at no time.”
Being rude to a customer is never acceptable.
Refrain from using never if not will suffice.
Cautions for Using Contractions PP 13-22 Use an apostrophe to take the place of the missing letter or letters in such words as aren’t doesn’t can’t isn’t wouldn’t hasn’t don’t He doesn’t anticipate rewriting the code of ethics for several years. She hasn’t missed a day of work this year.
Double negatives are two negative words used in a sentence. This combination gives the clause a positive meaning rather than the intended negative meaning.
I have not seen no evidence of employee theft. Incorrect I have seen no evidence of employee theft. I have not seen any evidence of employee theft. Correct
Double Negatives PP 13-23b continued I couldn’t hardly believe that the computer was missing. Incorrect I could hardly believe that the computer was missing. I could not believe that the computer was missing. Correct I can’t go nowhere until I help these customers. Incorrect I can go nowhere until I help these customers. I cannot go anywhere until I help these customers. Correct