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    Default Fine vs. finely and delicately?

    Well, what's the difference between "fine" and "finely"?
    Which is more proper to be used to describe a piece of painting?
    Besides,
    is it better to say "the sceneries are delicately drawn in details" or "the sceneries are drawn in delicate details"? (or none of them )

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    Default Re: Fine vs. finely and delicately?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway
    Well, what's the difference between "fine" and "finely"?
    Which is more proper to be used to describe a piece of painting?
    Besides, is it better to say "the sceneries are delicately drawn in details" or "the sceneries are drawn in delicate details"? (or none of them )
    Firstly, finely, notice it ends in -ly, is an adverb. Adverbs, as their name states, add meaning to a verb, and the answer questions such as, How, Where, When, etc. For example,

    The lines were finely drawn.

    finely adds meaning to the verb drawn. It not only describes how the lines were drawn, it also answers the question, How were the lines drawn?

    fine, an adjective, describes a noun. It adds meaning to a noun. For example,

    The painting has fine lines.

    fine adds meaning to the noun lines. It describes the line's attributes.

    Secondly, the -ly word modifies the verb, and the word without -ly modifies the noun, like this,

    1. The sceneries are delicately drawn in detail.
    2. The sceneries are drawn in delicate detail.

    Both 1. and 2. are correct, and I prefer 2.


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    Default Re: Fine vs. finely and delicately?

    Wow~~very detailed reply! Thank you!

    But...I have another similar question.

    What's the difference between "classic" and "classical"?
    They both seem to be adjectives.
    And I've seen people write "classic beauty" as well as "classical beauty".
    Are they the same concept?

    Besides, for Xmas,
    please have a look at this:
    http://www.tongcom.co.kr/dingani_13.htm

    It's a bit long. You need to be patient and concentrated.
    But really cute, put a big smile on my face.
    Nice music as well.(The forever Beetles!!)
    Although it's subtitled in Korean,
    you'll understand what the story is about.

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