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    #1

    Which is more appropriate?

    Their eyes met.
    They hit each other's eyes.

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    #2

    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    I say nothing more than I have sure seen the first sentence before, but not the second one.

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    #3

    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    Their eyes met. - Fine
    They hit each other's eyes. Very painful, and rather dangerous!
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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

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    Haha! I would have to agree. How about this one? Which is more appropriate?

    Milagros looked at her sharply.
    Milagros looked at her badly.

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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    Haha! I would have to agree. How about this one? Which is more appropriate?

    Milagros looked at her sharply.
    Milagros looked at her badly.
    I suggest you use "look" as a noun here. I don't say that your sentences are wrong. for example you can say:

    She gave me a puzzeled look. (which is obviously different from what you mean).

    I don't know why he's giving me such dirty looks. (here dirty is close to what you mean).

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    Then I looked up "sharp" in my dictionary and I came across a nice sentence:

    My father shot her a sharp look but said nothing.

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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    Haha! I would have to agree. How about this one? Which is more appropriate?

    Milagros looked at her sharply.
    Milagros looked at her badly.
    The first one is fine, the second isn't. Can you think why that might be?

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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The first one is fine, the second isn't. Can you think why that might be?

    Because it's a bit confusing? It's not telling HOW HE LOOKED AT SOMEONE but rather it should be used as HOW HE LOOKS FROM SOMEONE'S POINT OF VIEW. Am I right?

    He looked bad to her.

    or

    He was badly-looking.

    or simply

    He looked bad./He looked badly.


    I'm not sure with my explanation. Please educate me.

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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    Because it's a bit confusing? It's not telling HOW HE LOOKED AT SOMEONE but rather it should be used as HOW HE LOOKS FROM SOMEONE'S POINT OF VIEW. Am I right?
    You are right that it could be confusing. If we say that somebody did something badly it means that they didn't do it very well, they didn't do a good job; so in your example it seems that he somehow failed to look at her in an efficient way, he didn't do a good job of looking at her. As you can see, that doesn't make a great deal of sense.

    He looked bad to her.

    or

    He was badly-looking.

    or simply

    He looked bad./He looked badly.


    I'm not sure with my explanation. Please educate me.
    If we want to say how he looked from another person's point of view, we could say "He looked bad" to mean that he didn't look very healthy or that he looked like an unpleasant character. Does that help you to understand?

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    Re: Which is more appropriate?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If we want to say how he looked from another person's point of view, we could say "He looked bad" to mean that he didn't look very healthy or that he looked like an unpleasant character. Does that help you to understand?

    Yes, very much! Thanks!

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