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    Why isn't it "live wildly"? I know sometimes even an adjective can describe a verb as an adverb, is this that kind of case?

    gu44)Another strange phenomenon has been added to the list of effects that global warming is having on the natural world : shrinking sheep. The Soay sheep of Scotland that live wild on the island of Hirta have been studied closely for more than two decades...

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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Why isn't it "live wildly"? I know sometimes even an adjective can describe a verb as an adverb, is this that kind of case?

    gu44)Another strange phenomenon has been added to the list of effects that global warming is having on the natural world : shrinking sheep. The Soay sheep of Scotland that live wild on the island of Hirta have been studied closely for more than two decades...
    It means that they live in a wild state, they are not domesticated.

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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    I rather like the idea of sheep living wildly - it suggests they're out every night getting drunk and having mad parties!
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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    Can you explain that sometimes an adjective like "wild" can describe a verb? Verbs are usually described by adverbs, not adjectives. So is this an exceptional case where an adjective acts like an adverb?

    The Soay sheep of Scotland that live wild on the island of Hirta

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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you explain that sometimes an adjective like "wild" can describe a verb? Verbs are usually described by adverbs, not adjectives. So is this an exceptional case where an adjective acts like an adverb?

    The Soay sheep of Scotland that live wild on the island of Hirta
    Let me google that for you

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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you explain that sometimes an adjective like "wild" can describe a verb? Verbs are usually described by adverbs, not adjectives. So is this an exceptional case where an adjective acts like an adverb?

    The Soay sheep of Scotland that live wild on the island of Hirta
    Let me google that for you

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    Last edited by BobK; 21-Jan-2013 at 11:35. Reason: Corrected link

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    Default Re: live wild on the island

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Can you explain that sometimes an adjective like "wild" can describe a verb? Verbs are usually described by adverbs, not adjectives. So is this an exceptional case where an adjective acts like an adverb?

    'Wild' is a perfectly respectable adverb in its own right. Plenty of dictionaries give examples of its use, including Collins:

    wild
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    • in a wild manner
    • run wild ⇒ to grow without cultivation or care
    • to behave without restraint
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