Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

Pain in the English offers proofreading services for short-form writing such as press releases, job applications, or marketing copy. 24 hour turnaround. Learn More


Joined: September 13, 2004  (email not validated)
Comments posted: 2
Votes received: 2

No user description provided.

Recent Comments

I am more familiar with what Anonymous was trying to say. In the (business) uses I've seen, it means having a big company in a niche industry. It tends to be used somewhat like "it's better to be a big fish in a small pond than another fish in the sea". So, it's better to be the leader of the fold-up bike industry than an also-ran in the generic bike industry.

Peter Cooper September 13, 2004, 5:42pm

2 votes    Permalink    Report Abuse

These "adjectives" are known as "flat" adverbs. It's much like a normal adverb, but it <em>looks</em> like an adjective. Google for "flat adverb" to find more references. However, in some situations you might be able to use a comma to change the sense of the original sentence:

<em>The bombs rested, volatile on the edge of the shelf.</em>

Doesn't quite work in this case, although hopefully you can see where I'm going!

Peter Cooper September 13, 2004, 3:38pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse