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Singing cannot be nasally!

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by skateboy, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    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. :)
     
  2. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    :confused: 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?
     
  3. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    I don't get it either. I thought you could use nasally, as in the example above.
     
  4. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  5. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    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." :scream:
     
  6. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

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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.
     
  7. venja

    venja New Member

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    Here I am thinking this thread was about Nelly Furtado... :shuffle:
     
  8. michiruwater

    michiruwater Well-Known Member

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    I thought it was about Rihanna...
     
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  9. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

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    Hey, she may be bad but she's perfectly good ;)
     
  10. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  11. skateboy

    skateboy Well-Known Member

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    Lol! I take it Willie Nelson is not one of your favorite singers...
     
  12. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

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    Diana Ross.
     
  13. Jot the Dot Dot

    Jot the Dot Dot Headstrong Buzzard

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    Canned Heat. "Goin' Up The Country".