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#205813 - 05/18/12 09:26 PM use of "exponential or exponentially"  
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Which is better?
"there is a downside to our exponentially printing of money," or
"there is a downside to our exponential printing of money." or
"there is a downside to our exponentially printing money." I'm confused.

#205814 - 05/18/12 09:41 PM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: MissAriadne]  
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the first option just sounds wrong to me; as to the other two, pick 'em depending on context.

#205818 - 05/19/12 10:38 AM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: MissAriadne]  
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And it sounds wrong for a good reason. It is wrong. In the phrase printing of money, printing is a noun and the whole phrase is a noun phrase. It should take an adjective, not an adverb. In the third sentence printing money is a verb phrase and the verb, printing, takes an adverb.

#205827 - 05/20/12 06:49 AM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: MissAriadne]  
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The rate at which money is being printed could, I suppose, increase exponentially, but how does one print exponentially?

#205830 - 05/20/12 10:08 AM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Tromboniator]  
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Originally Posted By: Tromboniator
The rate at which money is being printed could, I suppose, increase exponentially, but how does one print exponentially?


By increasing the rate at which the printing is done exponentially.

#205836 - 05/20/12 08:52 PM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Faldage]  
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So..., if I increase my rate of printing dramatically I'm printing dramatically?

#205837 - 05/20/12 11:35 PM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Tromboniator]  
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Naw. You don't need the magic of ellipsis if you're printing dramatically.

#205840 - 05/21/12 11:01 AM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Faldage]  
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Ellipsis allows exponential printing with linear inking.

#205841 - 05/21/12 11:33 PM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Tromboniator]  
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Jeese, I love you guys!!

#205842 - 05/21/12 11:38 PM Re: use of "exponential or exponentially" [Re: Faldage]  
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Thanks; I thought it(option #1) was wrong, but couldn't exactly remember why. Been a while since I took "grammar calculus" in college.


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