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    #1

    dancing undismayed

    Which are correct:
    1) I watched the children. They were dancing undismayed.
    2 I watched the children. They were dancing, undismayed.

    3) I watched the children. They were dancing happy.
    4) I watched the children. They were dancing, happy.

    I think the first two work and the second two don't. They would if one replaced 'happy' with 'happily'.

    Gratefully,
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    #2

    Re: dancing undismayed

    Well, "happy" is an adjective, not an adverb. Better to put "happily" either before or after "dancing".

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    #3

    Re: dancing undismayed

    'Dancing' and 'undismayed' do not collocate in any context I can think of.

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    Re: dancing undismayed

    Thank you both very much.

    I think I have figured out a way to do it!

    5) In spite of the bad news that was announced on the speakers, they kept on dancing undismayed.

    6) In spite of the bad news that was announced on the speakers, they kept on dancing, undismayed.

    7) After we said that we will agree to his conditions, he went home happy.

    8) After we said that we will agree to his conditions, he went home, happy.


    Don't these work?

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    #5

    Re: dancing undismayed

    6) is OK. 7) would work with "would" instead of "will".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #6

    Re: dancing undismayed

    They could also keep on dancing undismayed if someone criticised their style. It's not an obvious collocation, though.

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