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(To native speakers of English)
Is this combination acceptable to you in any way? The sun shines firmly. I know shine collocates better with other words but I'd like to know your opinion on this particular set.
'The sun shines firmly' makes no sense to me.
Firmly | Define Firmly at Dictionary.com
4. not likely to change; fixed; settled; unalterable
I don't think it's a stretch to say we often give the weather anthropomorphic qualities, so it makes perfect sense to me, given the right context.
Yeah, The sun shines firmly down on Old England. The natives retreat to the coolness of the public bars to imbibe refreshment. God nods his head and says: ita sit.
Interestingly there are 584 google search matches and eve one in BNC for :
spotlights shone firmly [on something/someone] .
And I think I got 155 for "shines firmly" in yahoo
I often check the hits too, but it tends to be even more misleading.
Here, your opinions also differ, but at least I 'know' who's giving them and what your reasons are.