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    #1

    springy weather

    What's the weather like?
    It's springy / summery / fally / wintery.

    I'm confused. Is the answer correct?

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    #2

    Re: springy weather

    Spring-like
    Summery
    Fall-like
    Wintry

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    #3

    Re: springy weather

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Fall-like
    Or in BrE, "fall-like" would be "autumnal".

    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 15:29.

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    #4

    Re: springy weather

    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.

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    Re: springy weather

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I associate "autumnal" only with the word "equinox." I might say "autumn-y" in spoken English, though.
    Honestly, I might too, but I'd never write it down, and I'd only say it in very informal situations! I actually really like the word autumnal, I think it makes a lovely sound and is somehow very evocative of the season.

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    #6

    Re: springy weather

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    What's the weather like?
    It's springy / summery / fally / wintery.

    I'm confused. Is the answer correct?
    In a casual setting I would use/hear "springy", "summery" or "wintery", but using "fally" would result in receiving strange looks, but "fall-like" would work.. But again, in a casual setting, if I used "autumnal", the friends I associate with would think I had recently returned from charm school. So, in describing the typical weather here in the N.E. of the U.S., in contrast to summer and winter weather, I might say "chilly" or "brisk".

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    Re: springy weather

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    Honestly, I might too, but I'd never write it down, and I'd only say it in very informal situations! I actually really like the word autumnal, I think it makes a lovely sound and is somehow very evocative of the season.
    It's a fun word to say, cause the emphasis changes. AUT-um. a-TUM-nal

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    Re: springy weather

    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.

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    We should be able to say "springy weather". The spring always "puts a spring in my step".

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    And you can, of course, have 'springy heather'

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