I read the following sentence in an English book and wonder whether 'soundly' is correctly used in the sentence.
He kissed him soundly on his cheek.
I've referred to dictionaries,but its meanings don't seem to fit in.
Thanks in advance.
Manchester United were soundly beaten by Norwich last time they played!
2006 wrote: "I don't remember hearing or seeing "sound(ly)" modify 'kiss', and I wonder if other people have."
Adverbs like 'firmly' and 'heartily' come to mind.
I agree with 2006 that 'soundly' doesn't modify 'kiss'. The dictionaries make no reference to 'soundly' being used with or related to 'kiss'. The meanings of 'soundly', as I said in my first post on this topic, don't have any reference to 'kiss'.
The second common use of "soundly" is to describe sleep, where it means 'deeply'.
Last edited by 2006; 13-Jan-2010 at 00:04. Reason: correct grammar
I don't think it was a mistake. But, depending on the writer's grasp of English, 'soundly' might have been used (wrongly) to mean 'in a way that made a sound'. One way to say this would be 'He gave him a smacker, right on the cheek'. (A 'smacker', in Br English, means a loud kiss.)