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Cringe of the Week: Exact Same

Every time I hear this phrase -- "exact same" -- I want to scream! Do people really not know that the phrase contains bad grammar?

In case you're not sure, the correct phrase is "exactly the same." Where have all the adverbs gone?

An adverb modifies a noun.

"Jane walked to work"
   How did she walk?
"Jane walked quickly to work."

Note the "-ly" on the end of the word "quickly"? That makes it an adverb. The adverb in that statement answers the question "how."

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