Copper Bezel wrote:
trickykungfu wrote:Ah, you mean in situations where it would replace a word like "anyway"?
There's actually a whole name for words like anyway
. They're called adverbs
. = )
Well, that's tremendously unspecific--and rather useless, given that we're clearly talking about two different types of adverbial usage. As gmalivuk pointed out, there are a number of types even at the most basic level. But if you're going to call it an adverb, you're going to need to at least specify that it's a conjunctive adverb, and then maybe mention which classification framework you're working under; CGEL, for example, doesn't contain "conjunctive adverbs", instead classifying them as prepositions. I figured it'd be easier, and clearer, just to give an example.
Also, though: one could make a case that in "He trampled my feelings regardless", regardless functions as a sentence adverbial with something like "regardless of anything else" implied; my hunch is that's probably how the current dangling usage developed.
But, you know, thanks for the smug grammar lesson.