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    Smile it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Make sure you spread icing all over the cake so it turns out perfect/perfectly.


    Which does the trick in the above context, perffect or perfectly, and why? Thanks.


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Make sure you spread icing all over the cake so it turns out perfect/perfectly.


    Which does the trick in the above context, perfect or perfectly, and why? Thanks.
    The difference is largely one of register, A. In casual spoken English, there is a strong tendency to use "adjective" forms to describe actions.

    For more formal situations, we'll often use 'perfectly'.


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Thanks, riverkid.
    By the way, what exactly does "turns out perfectly" mean? Does it mean "become/turn perfect as a result?"


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

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    Thanks, riverkid.
    By the way, what exactly does "turns out perfectly" mean? Does it mean "become/turn perfect as a result?"
    That's right, A, just like you're turning out to be an excellent student of English.

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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Thanks, riverkid, for the kind remark.
    You've already turned out to be a mentor in English teaching.

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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Make sure you spread icing all over the cake so it turns out perfect/perfectly.


    Which does the trick in the above context, perffect or perfectly, and why? Thanks.
    I would only use "perfect" because the phrasal verb "turns out" does not refer to an action, but to a result. In other words, "turns out" has the features of a linking verb.

    You could also say, 'Make sure you spread icing all over the cake so (that) it (turns out to be)(is) perfect.' Although few if any people would say 'becomes perfect' in your sentence, the meaning of "becomes" is very similar to "turns out".
    Last edited by 2006; 13-Oct-2007 at 04:04.


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    I would only use "perfect" because the phrasal verb "turns out" does not refer to an action, but to a result. In other words, "turns out" has the features of a linking verb.

    You could also say, 'Make sure you spread icing all over the cake so (that) it (turns out to be)(is) perfect.'
    An interesting, not to mention somewhat perplexing idea, 2006, but I don't know if I agree. Couldn't one argue that

    "I stopped" / I fell / I jumped / I tripped / I woofed my cookies

    are also all results?

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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    An interesting, not to mention somewhat perplexing idea, 2006, but I don't know if I agree. Couldn't one argue that

    "I stopped" / I fell / I jumped / I tripped / I woofed my cookies

    are also all results?
    1...Why "perplexing"?
    2...Your four verbs are all actions verbs; things that 'you' did. The cake didn't do anything active; it (became)(will become) perfect through someone's action.


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    She spread whipped cream all over my body and agreed that it turned out well.

    She spread whipped cream all over my body and agreed that it turned out good.

    Seems to me that both 'well' and 'good' work fine and I assure you, I did nothing but lay back and enjoy.


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    Re: it turns out perfect/perfectly

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    1...Why "perplexing"?
    Sorry, I didn't answer this. 'perplexing' in the sense that though I'm more than willing to entertain the idea, I just can't quite get my head wrapped around it right now.

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