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Why do we say something is "popular worldwide" and not "worldwide popular"?

In this sentence, is worldwide an adjective, or an adverb? Why does worldwide come AFTER popular? 

"Kpop is popular worldwide."

 

I wasn't sure of the answer. At first, I thought.. order of adjectives? And then I wondered.. well wait, is worldwide in this instance acting as an adverb? 

 

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Hello, Froggy, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@froggy posted:

Why do we say something is "popular worldwide" and not "worldwide popular"?

In this sentence, is worldwide an adjective, or an adverb? Why does worldwide come AFTER popular?

"Kpop is popular worldwide."

"Worldwide" is an adverb in such examples. (It is an adjective in a sentence like "Kpop enjoys worldwide popularity.") "Worldwide" does not modify the adjective in "popular worldwide." It modifies the sentence as a whole and may be compared with the adverbial prepositional phrase "across the world."

  • It is popular worldwide.
  • It is popular across the world.
  • Worldwide, it is popular.
  • Across the world, it is popular.

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