In this sentence:


Does the に particle make "計画通り" an adverb?

  • You could omit it without changing meaning noticeably, but I hesitate to say they are grammatically same. – broken laptop Jan 8 '17 at 17:55

Yes it's optional. The following sentences are both correct and feel exactly the same to me.

  • ほぼほぼ計画通りに過ごすことができた一年でした。
  • ほぼほぼ計画通り過ごすことができた一年でした。

に is not necessary in certain standalone adverbs, and it's optional in some adverbial phrases, too. ~通り is a phrase where に is optional. E.g., 予定通り(に)通過する, 予告通り(に)放送する, 練習した通り(に)やる.

You should remember when に is optional to answer a question like this.

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Is に optional in this sentence?

No. It's necessary.

Does the に particle make "計画通り" an adverb?

Yes. The 「に」 particle has a lot of usages and makes a noun (or a noun-like phrase) adverbially connect to the verb in different ways.

In this case, No. 8 of this dictionary entry the most matches:

Indicates the manner in which an act is done, an effect is made or a state is being.

So 「計画通りに」 means something like "in a manner that is 計画通り (just as planned)."

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