Should it be: don't look at life ordinarily but as extraordinary?

  • That sentence makes (almost) perfect sense the way it is written. Can you clarify exactly what you want to know, for example, should it be that, as opposed to what? Dec 8, 2013 at 21:07
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    I think you want: Don't look at life as [being] ordinary, but as extraordinary. But if you are going to use the -ily form you don't want the as before extraordinarily.
    – Jim
    Dec 8, 2013 at 21:19

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I believe you are missing a word, the word as. You appear to be making an as/as statement. As such, you need both of them, and your comparisons should be between two of the same part of speech (that is, compare adjectives to adjectives or adverbs to adverbs. Otherwise it's a bit like comparing apples to oranges.)

Don't look at life as ordinary but as extraordinary.

*Ordinarily, by the way, is an adverb (it modifies the verb "look" in your sentence, and means "in general

Ordinarily, it is my husband who mows the grass.

Ordinary, however, is an adjective, which modifies life.

Also, but is a conjunction which sometimes takes a comma before it.

Dont look at life as ordinary, but as extraordinary.

  • "Don't look at life ordinarily, but extraordinarily" is also grammatical but means something different.
    – augurar
    Dec 9, 2013 at 5:10

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