adverb safe/safely

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adverb safe/safely

Post by jschaalje » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:34 am

Why do we say: My money is safely in the bank? And not: my money is safe in the bank.
You can say both, but the meaning is different.
Which adverb rule is applied here?

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Re: adverb safe/safely

Post by Alan » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:21 am

Actually, both are possible and very similar in meaning, although contexts likely to elicit them would naturally differ.

In one, adjective 'safe' serves as a subject complement, while in the other adverb 'safely' modifies the predication 'is (in the bank)'.