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    Ways of Looking

    The young girl .................. lovingly at the photograph of her boyfriend.

    I picked gaze and stare from the vocabulary list, but I am not sure which is the correct word for the blank.


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    Re: Ways of Looking

    In that sentence, gaze is much better. You gaze at something lovingly or with great fondness or interest; you look at that thing steadily for a period of time because you find it attractive or interesting. If you stare at something, you look at it steadily for a period of time, but usually in disbelief, anger, a complete lack of comprehension, etc. Using stare in the example above is so awkward I'd have to say it's wrong, especially with the adverb lovingly. That's a dead giveaway for a native speaker, because gaze lovingly is a common collocation. I can't think of any situation where I'd say someone stared lovingly at something. It's virtually an oxymoron.

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    Re: Ways of Looking

    The remaining sentences:

    He .............. the figures very carefully before making any comment

    He .............. through the fick fog, trying to makr out the number of the approaching bus.


    stare, catch a glimpse of

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    #4

    Re: Ways of Looking

    Anyone?

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    Re: Ways of Looking

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    The remaining sentences:

    He .............. the figures very carefully before making any comment

    He .............. through the fick fog, trying to makr out the number of the approaching bus.


    stare, catch a glimpse of
    For the first one I would use "looked at" unless you have to put something else.
    For the second one I would use "peered".

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    Re: Ways of Looking

    You could also say: "He examined the figures carefully...."



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    Re: Ways of Looking

    He eyed the figures carefully... ?

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    Re: Ways of Looking

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    He eyed the figures carefully... ?
    Yes, that's possible.

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