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What does “to be painted shut” mean?

We tried, but the window couldn't be opened. It was painted shut. I am wondering what the bolded part could mean.
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In “I have grown very fond of Alec”, why is an adjective (“fond”) used instead of an adverb?

I have grown very fond of Alec. I think this sentence looks weird. I suppose grown is a verb, and should be followed by an adverb. But I don't think fond is an adverb. Is this sentence correct in ...
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What part of speech does “dead” stand for in the following sentence?

OP: "He will end up dead". Does the word "dead" denote an adverb here?
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Is it possible to use adjectives as adverbs?

I came across these two sentences: He was standing there proud." "He is growing up rich." I think I can understand what each sentence means, but grammatically they don't make sense to me. ...
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Is ‘upside down’ a depictive adjunct for ‘a note’?

“...and from yet another pocket inside his overcoat he pulled an owl -- a real, live, rather ruffled-looking owl - a long quill, and a roll of parchment. With his tongue between his teeth he ...
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Adjective or Adverb: unconsciously vs unconscious

Position of Adjectives: An adjective nearly always appears immediately before the noun or noun phrase that they modify. The source is here. But if you look at the following sentence, the adjective "...
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Slowly running watch or slow running watch

My question is: "The Egyptian Calendar was like a -------watch." I think the answer "slowly running watch" is grammatically right. But on the other hand, "slow running watch" is most common in use ...
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When adjectives become predicatives, do they also become adverbs?

Optional depictive predicatives as adjuncts Obligatory predicatives are clearly complements, dependent on the occurrence of an appropriate verb. With optional ones, however, there are grounds ...
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How does 'to draw tight' relate to 'to press together'?

(TL;DR) What does to draw tight mean? Does it relate to: to press together? streig- [=] To stroke, rub, press. European root. ... from Latin stringere, to draw tight, press together. I ask ...
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slowly running watch or slow running watch in a sentence [duplicate]

It was like a slowly running watch. It was like a slow running watch. Which is correct, slowly or slow? Thanks in advance.
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Can “exist” be followed by an adjective?

On Wikipedia, I read a sentence like this: Logical realism posits that logical truth exists independent of human ideas. Is that grammatical? According to Wikipedia, this seems connected to ...
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What is a positive adjective that describes a person who follows a routine?

I’m writing a character’s description, and I’m stuck on my hero’s “greatest strength”. He is very routine, and organized (which manifests more as he’s responsible and less as stubborn inflexibility). ...