I made it home safe vs I made it home safely



Which, if any, of these sentences are correct:

I made it home safe.


I made it home safely.

I know that in the second example safely is an adverb, but I don't know about the first. Is it a state-of-being verb (ie. "I am safe")? Incorrect? Which sentence(s) is correct?


Posted 2017-06-21T23:21:35.230

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I made it home safe is acceptable grammar: safe does not describe the manner in which you made it home but the state in which you arrived. These constructions are called .


I made it home unhurt.
I made it home bruised but happy.
I made it home depressed.

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Posted 2017-06-21T23:21:35.230

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The form of the word is known as flat adverb or bare adverb when the -ly is stripped off. – Peter – 2017-06-22T00:29:45.813

2@Peter I disagree. These are predicate adjectives, not adverbs. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2017-06-22T00:32:53.743

@StoneyB I thought the predicate adjective wanted a copula; does made it qualify? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica – 2017-06-22T00:51:30.283

@P.E.Dant Practically any verb could in theory sustain a secondary predicate. A copula, in the sense in which grammar borrowed the notion from logic, isn't quite the same thing as what grammarians call 'copular' verbs. And predicates don't really require predicators--a bare comma will suffice. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2017-06-22T00:58:43.653

So! in "I made it home as safe as possible" we have the flat adverb; in "I made it home safe" we have the predicate adjective. What say you? (I came across an interesting piece on this distinction here, but haven't yet digested it fully.)

– P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica – 2017-06-22T01:03:46.973

@P.E.Dant I say both those safes are PAs. as..as doesn't discriminate. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2017-06-22T01:08:29.633

This is an interest terminology tilt, since it seems that many instances I find referred to as the flat adverb could as easily be called predicate adjectives. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica – 2017-06-22T01:19:29.957

Aha. @Peter - safe is an adjective modifying I in that sentence, not a flat adverb modifying made it. In I made it home quick, though, quick is a flat sdverb. – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica – 2017-06-22T02:05:20.810

How would I write that I made something safe against homes? Admited, one probably never would say that, but when I read "I made it home safe" I took it as finished the protection of something against "homes". – Zaibis – 2017-06-22T07:06:39.640

@P.E.Dant UNLESS: You were denying an allegation that you made it home dead. :) – StoneyB on hiatus – 2017-06-22T10:13:59.963


Technically, the correct sentence is

I made it home safely

as it is an adverb and describes how you got home. However, many people would say

I made it home safe

and they would still be understandable, although it is not correct grammatically. "Safe" is an adjective, what is it describing?


Posted 2017-06-21T23:21:35.230


+1. After I made it home safely, I was safe at home. – Jasper – 2017-06-21T23:49:58.927

"I made it safely home." is also correct. Safe describes your state after getting home. "I made it home safe (and sound)". – Peter – 2017-06-22T00:01:16.780