Errors in the use of Adverbs Common Mistakes

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I want to know as to why he hit the dog. I want to know why he hit the dog.
Note: As to is an unnecessary attachment to why. It should not be used with why.
Call me anything else than a fool. Call me anything else but a fool.
He behaved cowardly before the principal. He behaved in a cowardly manner before the principal.
She ran very fastly. She ran very fast.
Note: Fastly is a slang usage.
I care a straw for you. I do not care a straw for you.
I am only free in the morning. I am free only in the morning.
Mohan is a very wise man, certainly. Mohan is certainly a very wise man.
I never remember having met him before. I do not remember having met him before.
Mr. Reddy is working very hardly on this project. Mr. Reddy is working very hard on this project.
Note: Mark the following difference:
(a) Working hard- Working dedicatedly.
(b) Hardly working- Not working at all.
Alexander Pope was a much learned man. Alexander Pope was a very (or highly) learned man.
Last night, my father returned lately. Last night, my father returned late.
The old man lived miserly. The old man lived in a miserly way.
He is named as Chander Mohan. He is named Chander Mohan.
He seldom or ever tells a lie. He seldom or never tells a lie.
Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was respected greatly. Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was greatly respected.
I shall present the book just now. I shall present the book presently.
I shall be much thankful to you if you convey my message to my father. I shall be very thankful to you if you convey my message to my father.
The patient is comparatively better today. The patient is comparatively well today.
Or
The patient is rather better today.
He carefully does his work. He does his work carefully.

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