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    Maluues is offline Junior Member
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    Default Man(human) man(male) men (plural) and the definite article...+adverbs

    Good evening.

    Today I have read a text about the Elizabethan Worldview.
    I wouldn't say that the text is difficult but there is one problem I have got.
    There are many passages which include the vocabulary "man".
    Normally this wouldn't disturb me but let's take a look at the following example:

    "Man was a mediator between himself and the universe."

    Man can mean a male person. The plural would be men.
    Man can also mean a human. The plural would be men,too.

    I would say that in the example given above "man" has the same meaning as human.
    If so why wouldn't I say "The man was a mediator between himself and the universe"?

    Is "man" generalized in the example given above?

    Second question: realistic /realistically

    The trumpet sounds realistically. (realistic is connected to the verb so I have to use an adverb, or not? Should I say "The trumpet sounds realistic? I am confused just right now... :( )

    He played Macbeth realistically.

    Is this house realistic?

    Wile the adjective has no L the adverb exists only with two Ls. Normally an adverb would only have two Ls when the basic form ends with one L, wouldn't it?

    I would be very grateful if you could help me.

    Best wishes Maluues






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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default Re: Man(human) man(male) men (plural) and the definite article...+adverbs

    Quote Originally Posted by Maluues View Post
    Good evening.

    Today I have read a text about the Elizabethan Worldview.
    I wouldn't say that the text is difficult but there is one problem I have got.
    There are many passages which include the vocabulary "man".
    Normally this wouldn't disturb me but let's take a look at the following example:

    "Man was a mediator between himself and the universe."

    Man can mean a male person. The plural would be men.
    Man can also mean a human. The plural would be men,too. Man in this sense is uncountable. It means the human race as a whole.

    I would say that in the example given above "man" has the same meaning as human.
    If so why wouldn't I say "The man was a mediator between himself and the universe"?

    Is "man" generalized in the example given above?

    Second question: realistic /realistically

    The trumpet sounds realistically. (realistic is connected to the verb so I have to use an adverb, or not? Should I say "The trumpet sounds realistic? I am confused just right now... :( ) This is an unlikely concept - how can a trumpet sound unrealistic or unrealistically?

    He played Macbeth realistically.

    Is this house realistic? In what sense do you mean? Is the house one that is overpriced or a house that is so weird that its reality is questionable?

    Wile the adjective has no L the adverb exists only with two Ls. Normally an adverb would only have two Ls when the basic form ends with one L, wouldn't it?

    I would be very grateful if you could help me.

    Best wishes Maluues


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