Difference between free and freely

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Difference between free and freely

Post by shahgee » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:51 pm

Hello !
Can anyone please differentiate the sentences given below:

1) I sold the tickets free.

2) I sold the tickets freely.

Moreover, is first correct or do I need to add "for" before "tickets" i.e. " I sold the tickets for free."?

Thank You in advance 🙂

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Re: Difference between free and freely

Post by Firefox » Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:07 pm

shahgee wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:51 pm
1) I sold the tickets free.

2) I sold the tickets freely.

Moreover, is first correct or do I need to add "for" before "tickets" i.e. " I sold the tickets for free."?
You have two different adverbs here:

free (adverb): without cost or payment
freely (adverb): not under the control of another; as you wish

1) I sold the tickets free. :ok:
This is correct. ("for free" is wrong - even though native speakers sometimes say this)

2) I sold the tickets freely.
It's not grammatically wrong but it's probably not what you mean. It means that nobody came along and stopped you selling the tickets. More normal uses of "freely" would be:
You may speak freely.
I freely confess that I don't like you.
The air can circulate freely.

(with thanks to Apple Dictionary)

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Re: Difference between free and freely

Post by Davieggz » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:29 am

You can't SELL something If it is free....(obviously if you are given something then you can sell in later)
SELL is a VERB meaning - To give or hand over (something) in exchange for money.

The correct term should be I gave the tickets away :ok:

But the tickets can be freely given. (Freely is an ADVERB)

I should point out that the message is correct under proper (British) grammar rules

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Re: Difference between free and freely

Post by Firefox » Thu Aug 08, 2019 2:05 pm

hahaha

Yes, you are right. We can't sell free!

And we can't give free either hahaha :)

So funny ^^

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