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    #1

    spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    In Canada, spring starts cold and rainy and gets warm and sunny.

    Hi,
    "cold" has been used as an adverb.
    but "rainy" is not an adverb it's an adjective.
    Isn't "rainy" wrong in there?
    Shouldn't it be "rainily"?

    I mean => spring starts cold and rainily.

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    Aren't both cold and rainy adjectives, modifying spring?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    I think so. Spring was strong when it started. It was not the process of starting that was strong.

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

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    I took a picture of the page of my book.
    I have completed the blanks by a red font but I don't know what I should write in the blank number 3 "rainy" or "rainily".

    The exercise has asked us to fill in the blanks according to the words used in the Reading.

    What should I write in the blank number 3?

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    GS told you that they thought the answer was 'rainy'. I agreed. Nobody has so far disagreed. Does that give you a clue?

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    I looked up "rainily" to see if it's an actual word. I've never used it, or seen it used. So, that should tell you something.

    Also, if you think it should be "rainily," why don't you think it should be "coldly?"

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    GS told you that they thought the answer was 'rainy'. I agreed. Nobody has so far disagreed. Does that give you a clue?
    But in "spring starts rainy" it's as if "starts" means "becomes" => "spring becomes rainy".

    I have never seen such a construction=> to start + adjective

    "start" is a verb. So, only adverbs (rainily) modify verbs.

    That's why I am confused that how "rainy" as an adjective works with a verb "start"

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    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    The point is that cold and rainy are modifying Spring

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    #9

    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    I know it modifies "spring" but after a verb we should use an adverb not an adjective.

    "rainy" is an adjective not an adverb.

    This is my first time that I see such a construction => to start + adjective

    Never seen such a use before.

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    #10

    Re: spring starts cold and rainy/rainily

    "Start" is acting like a "stative verb" here. It's not describing an action, it is describing a state.

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