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    loud and loudly

    Dear teachers,

    Christmas is coming. Wishing you peace and love at Christmas and always.

    I have two questions to ask.

    No.1 Please read the following sentence:

    Don't talk so loud,you may be overheard.

    My question is: Can I use ''loudly'' instead of ''loud''? If I can't could you please explain the difference between the two?

    No.2
    The following is from my text:
    He cast his watchful eye down the street.
    In another place the sentence is :
    He cast his eyes down the street.

    Coul you please explain which is correct? ''eye'' or ''eyes''?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 22-Dec-2007 at 14:24.

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    Re: loud and loudly

    Loud, being an adjective, should only be used to qualify a noun. You can be a loud talker, but strictly speaking you cannot talk loud - only loudly.
    However, using loud as an adverb has crept into common usage so "Don't talk so loud" has become acceptable as part of general conversation.
    You would usually "cast a watchful eye", but you could also "cast your eyes down the street". It's also o.k. to cast an eye down the street.

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    Re: loud and loudly

    'cast an eye' and 'cast your eyes' are really idioms that mean 'look', so you can use the singular or plural forms.

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    Re: loud and loudly

    Dear buggles,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by buggles View Post
    Loud, being an adjective, should only be used to qualify a noun. You can be a loud talker, but strictly speaking you cannot talk loud - only loudly.
    However, using loud as an adverb has crept into common usage so "Don't talk so loud" has become acceptable as part of general conversation.
    You would usually "cast a watchful eye", but you could also "cast your eyes down the street". It's also o.k. to cast an eye down the street.

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    Re: loud and loudly

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Best wishes,

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    'cast an eye' and 'cast your eyes' are really idioms that mean 'look', so you can use the singular or plural forms.

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