1) ADV-GRADED: usu ADV before v, also ADV n/adj (emphasis) You use easily to emphasize that something is very likely to happen, or is very likely to be true.

It could easily be another year before the economy starts to show some improvement.

...an ancient barn that is easily the length of two tennis courts.

2) ADV-GRADED: ADV after v You use easily to say that something happens more quickly or more often than is usual or normal.

He had always cried very easily...

They have nightmares, they startle easily.

3) See also easy

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