turned out favorable / favorably

Albert Schlef

Senior Member
These sentences are from the internet (you can google them for context, if needed):

"we did the survey, it turned out favorable"
"At least, she would if this first interview turned out favorable"
"In England the crops are not claimed to have turned out favorably"
"But while almost everything had turned out favorably for the Christians, ..."

Could you please explain how I can know whether to use favorable or favorably?
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    "Turned out favorable" can only be a short way to say that something turned out to be favorable.

    In general, I think it is clearer to use "something turned out favorably" if you don't use "to be" before "favorable."

    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    In the US we have a tendency to replace -ly adverbs with adjectives in some cases; my understanding from previous discussions is that this is far less common in the UK. "Favorable" seems more defensible in your first example than in the others But the question might be whether the survey was conducted successfully, or whether the result came out "in favor of" something.
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