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strikingly

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 11:22 am
by navi
Are all these sentences correct and does changing the placement of 'strikingly' change the meaning in any way:

1) He strikingly used a very outdated expression.

2) He used a very outdated expression strikingly.

3) The expression was strikingly used.
4) The expression was used strikingly.

5) Color has been strikingly used in these paintings.

6) Color has been used in these paintings strikingly.

It seems to me that on '1' and '3' the very fact that that expression was used was strange and striking, while in '2' and '4' the manner in which the expression was used was striking, not the fact that it was used.

To me, '5' and '6' mean the same but '5' sounds strange.

Gratefully,
Navi

Re: strikingly

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:18 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I agree with you about all the sentences, except that in my opinion it is No. 6 that sounds strange, not No. 5.

Re: strikingly

Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:40 pm
by trolley
To me, #5 sounds the least strange of them all. I wondered if #6 really meant that it was surprising that the painting was not done in black and white and the writer had simply forgotten a punctuation point (comma? em dash? colon?...)
"6) Colour has been used in these paintings, strikingly."