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    Singing cannot be nasally!

    Okay, it's my new pet peeve. And Simon Cowell started it.

    Singing is not nasally! It can be nasal. Nasally is an adverb, it doesn't work in this context. Singing cannot be nasally any more than your feeling is sadly or madly.

    Drives me nuts! I'm off my soapbox now. Thank you for letting me vent.

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    If you use singing as a verb, then you need an adverb.

    "Your singing is nasal" but "you are singing nasally."

    What am I missing?
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    I don't get it either. I thought you could use nasally, as in the example above.
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    Yeah, adverbs modify a verb, an adjective, and another adverb. Like Cheylana pointed out, if Cowell said that "So and so's was singing nasally" then he'd be correct, but if he said "so and so's singing was nasally" then you'd be correct. I don't watch AI, so I don't know how he's saying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VIETgrlTerifa View Post
    Yeah, adverbs modify a verb, an adjective, and another adverb. Like Cheylana pointed out, if Cowell said that "So and so's was singing nasally" then he'd be correct, but if he said "so and so's singing was nasally" then you'd be correct.
    That's right. To say, "you were singing nasally" would be correct. But Simon says (and now many others have followed suit), "your [her, his, their] singing was nasally." No, it was nasal.

    One of these days I will recover. I'm still trying to get over the incorrect usage of "awesome."

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    My guess is that he actually says "nasal-y," which would be an informal way of saying the singing was a touch nasal, as opposed to "nasally," which would mean the singer was singing nasally throughout.

    But you'd have to ask Simon for clarification.
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    Here I am thinking this thread was about Nelly Furtado...

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    I thought it was about Rihanna...

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiruwater View Post
    I thought it was about Rihanna...
    Hey, she may be bad but she's perfectly good
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    I want Simon to say it however he pleases as long as it gets the point across---I hate the sound when it is all nasal. It seemed prolific in the 90's and less so this century. Nails on a chalkboard for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    I want Simon to say it however he pleases as long as it gets the point across---I hate the sound when it is all nasal. It seemed prolific in the 90's and less so this century. Nails on a chalkboard for me.
    Lol! I take it Willie Nelson is not one of your favorite singers...

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