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    The report is likely to prove highly embarrassing to the government.
    According to the dictionary, "embarrassing" here is an adj. Why and why not "embarrassment"?

    He would talk embarrassing in front of people.
    He would talk embarrassingly in front of people.
    Any differences between the two sentences?

    Please.
    Last edited by puzzle; 21-Jul-2009 at 04:09.

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    Any help?


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    The report is likely to prove highly embarrassing to the government.
    According to the dictionary, "embarrassing" here is an adj. Why and why not "embarrassment"?
    Why? Because it is an adjective. Why not embarrassment? You need an adjective here, not a noun. It's like saying "...it will prove to be embarrassing..." There's your first clue. If you used the noun form, you would have to use it in the countable sense. That would require an article, although it would be grammatically correct. In other words, you could actually say "The report is likely to prove an embarrassment to the government," although I like the original much better.

    He would talk embarrassing in front of people.
    He would talk embarrassingly in front of people.
    Any differences between the two sentences?
    (You mean besides the fact that the first one is wrong and the second one is right?)

    The first one is simply grammatically wrong, so there's not much else I can say about it. The second is acceptable...embarrassingly: in an embarrassing manner or in a manner likely to cause embarrassment.

    Greg
    Last edited by dragn; 21-Jul-2009 at 17:55.

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    I appreciate it very much.

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