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    "briskly" vs "crisply"

    What's the difference between "briskly" and "crisply"? Why is "briskly" correct in "We started off walking briskly" but "crisply" isn't?

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    Re: "briskly" vs "crisply"

    They're different words, with different meanings. There's a strong collocational relationship between 'briskly' and 'walking'. There's a strong collocational relationship between - for example - 'crisply' and 'starched'. The words 'briskly' and 'crisply' don't overlap very much in meaning (except maybe in the context of military behaviour: a crisp salute tends to go with a brisk march).

    So 'briskly' is correct in 'We started off walking briskly' because of that collocation; 'walking crisply' is hardly ever right (except perhaps of someone walking through crisp snow).

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