how + ADVERB + CLAUSE

how + ADVERB + CLAUSE

Point 121 in CLAUSES phrases/exclamations at C2 is defined as:

‘HOW’ + ADVERB + CLAUSE

 

A search on iWeb for

. How *ly _P

1 . HOW QUICKLY YOU 126

*most of these are not exclamations.  But there are a few examples of:

How quickly you forget.

2 . HOW QUICKLY WE 104

1 . HOW QUICKLY WE FORGET 46

3 . HOW QUICKLY THEY 62
4 . HOW QUICKLY IT 44
5 . HOW FREQUENTLY YOU 38
6 . HOW EASILY WE 36

2 . HOW EASILY WE FORGET 15

7 . HOW EXACTLY IT 30
8 . HOW EXACTLY THEY 26
9 . HOW EXACTLY HE 24
10 . HOW LOVELY IT 22

However, these are not necessarily exclamations.

 


A search in PELIC corpus for:

. How \w+ly

gives us one example of an adjective:

Korean,Female,5,w

However, in the western restaurant, I have to practice how to pronounce the name of food before ordering . How silly it is!

*B1 point gets highlighted


A search on iWeb for:

. How _RR _P _V

does not really give us the kind of adverbs we were hoping for.  They give us adjectives…:

1 . HOW WRONG I WAS 360
2 . HOW LONG IT TAKES 330
3 . HOW EASY IT IS 209
4 . HOW LONG IT WILL 190
5 . HOW WRONG THEY WERE 90
6 . HOW WRONG WE WERE 87

7 . HOW OFTEN YOU NEED 68

8 . HOW HARD IT IS 66
9 . HOW LONG YOU HAVE 55
10 . HOW NICE IT WOULD 52
11 . HOW WELL YOU DO 51
12 . HOW LONG IT LASTS 50
13 . HOW MUCH IT COSTS 49
14 . HOW EASY IT WOULD 48


Here is quite a heavy song using our structure.

Lyrics
They’re all coming back again
The same faces that turned their backs
Are now letting me back in
How quickly the tides change
How quickly they remember my name
Did they think I’d sit around waiting for them to stand by my side?
Did they think I’d sit around waiting for them to arrive?
They’re all leaving again
The same faces that came back are now walking away
How quickly the tides change
How quickly they forgot my name
It’s all water under a bridge now anyway
How quickly we forget

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