I remember him as an old man with a snowy-white beard.

I want to modify “snowy”. Should I use an adjective (“pure-snowy white beard”) or an adverb (“purely-snowy white beard”)?


Neither of those modifiers modify "snowy". "Pure" (along with "snowy") modifies "white". "Purely" modifies "snowy-white".

The only type of adverb I can think of that would modify "snowy" would be an adverb of degree, like "very", "nearly", or "somewhat".

Either way, there would be no hyphen before "snowy".

  • Then I don't understand your question at all. Snow isn't dark, and neither is the colour white, so neither "dark snowy white" nor "darkly snowy white" make sense. Either way, there's no hyphens.
    – gotube
    Aug 15 '21 at 6:23
  • I understand what you mean, so I fixed that.
    – user139825
    Aug 15 '21 at 6:41

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