Does it sound correct to say; “A man was pointing loudly out to sea. Everyone looked to see what he was pointing at. There, only a few hundred yards out to sea, was the tell-tale triangular fin of a shark moving fast towards the beach.
Can the adverb loudly modify the phrase point out? I mean, does it sound logical?

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    Definitely not! Only sounds can be loud. May 6, 2021 at 7:47
  • You could say "A man was shouting loudly and pointing out to sea". May 6, 2021 at 7:52
  • In this case, what an adverb of manner can be used here? In the “A WORKBOOK OF ENGLISH GRAMMAR” by Katherine Watson, there is given a fill in the gap short story, without providing any words to use, where I met this very sentence; A man was pointing _____ out to sea. Everyone looked to see what he was pointing at. May 6, 2021 at 8:18
  • @KateBunting Nonsense, you can have a loud shirt. "Loud" can also mean obviously, conspicuously.
    – Astralbee
    May 6, 2021 at 8:43
  • @Astralbee Yes, a garish colour can be metaphorically 'loud', but a loud gesture?? May 6, 2021 at 15:09

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'Loudly' can mean "ostentatiously; conspicuously; showily; glaringly", but its primary meaning is related to sound. You could use it in your context, it might confuse a minority of people and cause some others to reach for the dictionary, but it is interesting use of language. Logically then, you could say "he loudly pointed out the shark", but if you don't want to have a debate with your English teacher you might be better going for a safer adverb.

More common choices might be:

  • frantically
  • furiously
  • energetically

For example:

  • He frantically pointed out to sea
  • A man was pointing furiously out to sea

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