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    #1

    pointedly

    Hi

    This might be quite simple and obvious for English-native speaker, but for a non-native speaker like me, I can't grab the accurate meaning of "pointedly" in the following sentence.

    Could anyone help me? Thank you very much.


    Its a beautiful gown, Peter says, looking pointedly at the skirt.

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    Re: pointedly

    When you look at something "pointedly," you look will say something in addition to his words.

    For example, I might say something about how nice the "scenery" is (the view, how pretty things look) while looking "pointedly" at a very good looking guy, as my way of saying "and it's full of good looking guys, too." Or I can say it sarcastically, and say "And the buffet is full of healthy choices" while looking pointedly at the desserts.

    I imagine the skirt is rather short and shows off a lot of her legs, so he finds the "beauty" of the gown to be how much of the woman it exposes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: pointedly

    IQU, note that you grasp the meaning, not grab it.

    Rover

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