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KAP
04-15-2006, 02:36 AM
The air held energy. Barry Jenson had felt it all day, sometimes strongly enough to raise the hairs on his arms.

Should that be "strong"?


The air held energy. Barry Jenson had felt it all day, sometimes strong enough to raise the hairs on his arms.


Sounds better to me as strong, but it seems like strong needs the ly to be an adverb.

reph
04-15-2006, 02:42 AM
"Strongly" if you mean he had FELT it strongly enough to raise hairs. "Strong" if you mean it WAS strong enough.

maestrowork
04-15-2006, 02:47 AM
Sounds like it should be "strong" since you're describing the air, and not how he felt.

KAP
04-15-2006, 02:48 AM
Ahhh. No wonder I kept wanting to change it to: He'd felt it all day. Sometimes it was stong enough to raise the hairs on his arms. Thanks, Reph.

KAP
04-15-2006, 03:00 AM
Thanks, Maestrowork. Might work either way as written, I guess. I originally meant it to modify the energy, but I got turned around thinking it had to modify his feeling the energy.

Those important first lines of a novel, and I'm obsessing. Hate it when that happens. Time for a rest.