Some commentators claim that careful writers avoid the adverb slow, in spite of the fact that it has had over four centuries of usage.
In actual practice, slow and slowly are not used in quite the same way. Slow is almost always used with verbs that denote movement or action, and it regularly follows the verb it modifies.
Slowly is used before the verb
and with participial adjectives.
Slowly is used after verbs where slow might also be used
and after verbs where slow would be unidiomatic.
Examples of slowly in a Sentence
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