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I have tried to use "gaunt" in my sentences, but I am not sure if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?
1. The suburb's gaunt buildings were depressing and off-putting.
2. Long illness made John's face gaunt and drained of colour.
3. A few gaunt figures were shuffling along the ward corridor.
Gaunt is rarely if ever used to describe inanimate objects. Number 2 and 3 are fine, but number 1 doesn't work for me.
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I don't have a problem with #1.
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I agree with both of the above responses.
I was going to say the same as GoesStation, but realised that some smarty-pants was going to point out that many of the dictionaries here give examples of gaunt describing buildings/landscapes etc.
Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Sep-2016 at 08:04.
I thought it odd to use it in reference to a building as well, but then I decided it does work in a very descriptive, literary sense.
I probably wouldn't use it colloquially that way, however.
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