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    1.Doesn't this "silverly hair" have to be corrected to "silvery hair"? I don't know if the writer or the publisher made a mistake.

    2. Does this "which" in "which is nearly all the time" refer to the previous clause "when he talks..." or the next clause "his eyes light up..."? It seems to be the latter, which is quite rare. "Which" always describes previous things as far as I know.

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    ex)John Gottman is a middle-aged man with owl-like eyes, silverly hair, and a neatly trimmed beard. He is short and very charming. And when he talks about something that excites him - which is nearly all the time - his eyes light up and open even wider...

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    "Silverly" is a word. Its examples in the OED go back to 1595 and span the whole period since.

    The "which" refers to the time defined by the adverbial clause "when he talks about something that excites him". Pronouns, including the relative ones, have antecedents -- they refer to something already mentioned.

    [ As a general hint, try to keep that in mind as you study English further. In fact, please allow me to point out that this was probably the source of your difficulties with the passage about scientific changes a few days ago -- you were not correlating the "it" in the clause you sought help with with the "embarrassment" that stood just before it and was its antecedent. ]

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    John Gottman is a middle-aged man with owl-like eyes, silverly hair, and a neatly trimmed beard.

    "silverly": this is an uncommon term that a quick search of online dictionaries shows is almost exclusively defined as an adverb, but you can find adjectival examples. To me, it has a slightly antique, literary tone and the examples in this link are mostly of that flavour.
    silverly - definition and meaning

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    Okay, but I was wondering a man wouldn't always talk about something that excites him, but rather always make such response(his eyes light up...) whenever talking about exciting things. I judged according to common sense, so it sounded weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Okay, but I was wondering a man wouldn't always talk about something that excites him, but rather always make such response(his eyes light up...) whenever talking about exciting things. I judged according to common sense, so it sounded weird.
    And when he talks about something that excites him - which is nearly all the time - his eyes light up and open even wider...

    The key word is "nearly", so allowing for a little exaggeration to make the point, it doesn't actually say that he is "always" talking about such things.

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