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    A somber landscape

    Would you please describe how a "somber landscape" could be? Here is a picture of it. The most confusing point about this word is that in one sense it is related to "color" in the other it is related to "mood". So I am very confused by it. With which one is this landscape connected to?

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    Re: A somber landscape

    Doesn't color play a part in setting a mood? I would say both aspects would apply in your example photo.

    BTW, in your sentence: With which one is this landscape connected to? one of either of the prepositions should be omitted as in:

    1. With which one is this landscape connected?
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    2. Which one is this landscape connected to?

    #2 is the much more common usage.

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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Doesn't color play a part in setting a mood? I would say both aspects would apply in your example photo.
    But isn't "mood" related to humans, and so figurative usage here? Can any color play a part for a "human's mood"?
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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Can any color play a part for in a "human's mood"?
    Yes. You can read more HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Doesn't color play a part in setting a mood? I would say both aspects would apply in your example photo.
    So is "somber" the thing which is both dark (lightless, gloomy) and sad? If so I don't understand why that landscape is "sad".
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    Re: A somber landscape

    Rather than try to use words to explain an emotion, let me ask you: How does that photo make you feel? Do you feel happy? Probably not. Do you feel sad? Probably not that either, really. More likely a bit serious or reflective: somber.

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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    Rather than try to use words to explain an emotion, let me ask you: How does that photo make you feel? Do you feel happy? Probably not. Do you feel sad? Probably not that either, really. More likely a bit serious or reflective: somber.
    So do you mean the word "somber" has two different aspect: one is being with less light or completely lightless which is the related to visual, the other is feeling serious, earnest, grave, reflective etc which is related to feelings?
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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    So do you mean the word "somber" has two different aspects: one is being with less light or completely lightless which is the related to visual perception, the other is feeling serious, earnest, grave, reflective etc which is related to feelings?
    Yes. The root of the word means "dark" as in the absence of light. The emotional meaning uses "dark" metaphorically.
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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. The root of the word means "dark" as in the absence of light. The emotional meaning uses "dark" metaphorically.
    So can't all literally "dark landscapes" be "figuratively dark", that is "somber", right? For example, a night landscape with beautiful stars is not "somber", right, instead it is the opposite that is "joyful", right?
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    Re: A somber landscape

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    So can't all literally "dark landscapes" be "figuratively dark", that is "somber", right? For example, a night landscape with beautiful stars is not "somber", right, instead it is the opposite that is "joyful", right?
    I don't understand the first sentence above. The second is right.
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