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    The sun shines 'firmly'

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    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.

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
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    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.
    No, I wouldn't use firmly.

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, I wouldn't use firmly.

    I might, but only in a very specific context, perhaps something like:

    They had predicted rain but the sun shone firmly all day.

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    I might, but only in a very specific context, perhaps something like:

    They had predicted rain but the sun shone firmly all day.
    I suppose you could try to squeeze it and see.

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    'The sun shines firmly' makes no sense to me.

    Rover

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I suppose you could try to squeeze it and see.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'The sun shines firmly' makes no sense to me.

    Rover

    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.

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    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.

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    #8

    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    hi,

    Interestingly there are 584 google search matches and eve one in BNC for :

    spotlights shone firmly [on something/someone] .

    cheers

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    And I think I got 155 for "shines firmly" in yahoo

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    Re: The sun shines 'firmly'

    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.

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