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Can I use these adverbs? Options
robjen
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 4:32:27 AM
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I am going to make up two examples.

(1) The four-year-old boy, John, draws pictures aesthetically and vividly.

(2) The talented painter produces paintings of landscapes appealingly.

Do these adverbs fit my sentences? Thanks a lot.



Romany
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:15:49 AM
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Not really - an adverb, of course, describes a verb. in the first sentence the verb 'draw'. One can't 'draw' aesthetically. Drawings would illustrate an
aesthetic; or suggest an underlying aesthetic; or hint at his aesthetic. But the painter doesn't DRAW aesthetically.

It's the same for sentence 2. The painter doesn't look 'appealing' when painting landscapes. The painter produces Landscapes that are appealing. Does that make sense?
thar
Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:22:59 AM

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Yes, don't confuse the result (vivid, appealing pictures), _with the way he performs the action.

It is confusing, because sometimes adverb does seem to describe the result
He sings beautifully.
She draws prettily.

But it depends on the adverb. And especially when you already have a direct object, like here, the adverb usually describes the way it is done. So it doesn't work for these examples.
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