By H. W. Fowler
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But while condemned and divorced save a clumsy periphrasis, adopted saves only the trouble of remembering adoptive. a d u m b r a t e . See FORMAL WORDS. advance(ment). There are no contexts in which advancement can be substituted for advance without damage to or change in the sense; in the following sentence advance should have been written: It will not be by the setting of class against class that advancement will be made. It is true that both words can be used as verbal nouns of to advance', but advance represents its intransitive and advancement its transitive sense; the advance of knowledge is the way knowledge is advancing, whereas the advancement of knowledge is action taken to advance knowledge.
Adjacent, says the OED, means 'not necessarily touching, though this is by no means excluded'. We cannot therefore accuse this reporter of using the word incorrectly, whatever we may think of the playfulness that prompted him to prefer it to the monosyllable near or close. adjectivally, adjectively, etc. Adjectivally and substantially are preferable to adjectively and substantively. First, the words adjective and (in the grammatical sense) substantive are now regarded as nouns. So far as they are still used as adjectives, they are felt to be nouns used attributively; adverbs formed directly from them therefore cause uneasiness.
This is what has happened to aim. Until recently it was pos- lished their right to exist. But when sible to say with confidence that in words of some age (as révisai, réfutai, Britain this verb in the metaphorical retirai, accusai) have failed to become sense of purpose or design or endeav- generally familiar and remained in the stage in which the average man cannot our was idiomatically followed by at with the gerund, not by to with the say with confidence off-hand that they infinitive. He aimed at being (not he exist, the natural conclusion is that aimed to be) the power behind the throne.
A Dictionary of Modern English Usage by H. W. Fowler