Do we say "out loud" or" loudly "?

Which is more common and more correct?

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Which is more common and more correct?
asked Jul 07 '13 at 08:19 maurice haddad New member

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The difference between loud and loudly is that "loud" is an adjective, while "loudly" is an adverb. Adjectives are used to describe nouns. Adverbs are used to describe, verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. 

1.) The children laughed out loud. - "Loud" is an adjective, but "out" is kind of serving as an adverb (here) to describe "loud", and the phrase "out loud" is describing how the children laughed.  So in this case, "out loud" is kind of an adverbial phrase. 

2.) She spoke quite loudly. - "Loudly" is an adverb. It is describing how she spoke.

(Most words in the English language that end in "ly" are adverbs.)

I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jul 07 '13 at 09:33 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

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