Student or Learner
What's the weather like?
It's springy / summery / fally / wintery.
I'm confused. Is the answer correct?
You can also use "vernal" instead of "spring-like", but it's less common than "autumnal" I suspect, and most often used when talking about equinoxes. "Hibernal" exists in place of "wintry", "aestival" exists in place of "summery", but again both are more uncommon and sound a little formal, or possibly poetic. They wouldn't be used to describe the weather in general conversation. "Autumnal" is still in general use.
Last edited by Tullia; 07-Mar-2012 at 14:29.
We do say "autumn" in the US, but I associate "autumnal" only with the word "equinox." I might say "autumn-y" in spoken English, though.
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.
Other '-mn' words behave the same - at least, they used to: you don't hear the n in 'column' but you do (in my book) in 'columnist'. Some newsreaders recently have started dropping the n though.
We should be able to say "springy weather". The spring always "puts a spring in my step".
And you can, of course, have 'springy heather'