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    widely

    Hi,
    Can we say "He grinned widely at me."
    Is 'widely' the correct word to use here?
    Many thanks


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    Re: widely

    Quote Originally Posted by thru View Post
    Hi,
    Can we say "He grinned widely at me."
    Is 'widely' the correct word to use here?
    Many thanks
    "Grin" implies a broad smile - "broadly" would perhaps be more usual, but I don't really feel either is necessary.

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    Re: widely

    Hi,
    Thank you Anglika for your comment. I agree with you. However, My book say: "He grinned broadly at me." I think the word 'broadly' in the sentence is redundant.

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    Re: widely

    Quote Originally Posted by thru View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you Anglika for your comment. I agree with you. However, My book say: "He grinned broadly at me." I think the word 'broadly' in the sentence is redundant.
    Sometimes...

    If, in the context, it just means 'he grinned' then - yes- it's redundant.

    If, in the context, it's important to note that the grin was warm and welcoming and generous and public - rather than a brief, half-hidden smirk - the 'broadly' wouldn't be redundant.

    b

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    An idiom that you may want to use some time: 'He grinned from ear to ear' [very broadly].


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    Re: widely

    I knew there was a better idiom, but couldn't bring it to mind in a hurry!

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