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    sharp or sharply

    The knife is sharp.

    The knife cuts sharp.

    The knife cuts sharply.


    If I want to describe the quality of a knife, which of the sentences above is natural? If none of them is natural, what should I write using the word "cut"?

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    Re: sharp or sharply

    The first.

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    Re: sharp or sharply

    Thanks! If I want to use the word "cut" to bring out the meaning, how can I put it naturally?

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    #4

    Re: sharp or sharply

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks! If I want to use the word "cut" to bring out the meaning, how can I put it naturally?
    "cuts sharply" but it's not a natural combination/collocation in typical conversation.

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    Re: sharp or sharply

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thanks! If I want to use the word "cut" to bring out the meaning, how can I put it naturally?
    You could say "...cuts easily" or "...cuts cleanly". Both of these imply that the knife is sharp.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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