Hello everybody!
I have a problem with this sentence:
Her father reacted authoritarian and selfish.
Normally, it must be the adverb in both cases, but that sounds odd to me with "authoritarian".
What would you suggest as correct?
Thanks for your help
Bärbel
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I have a problem with this sentence: Her father reacted authoritarian and selfish. Normally, it must be the adverb in both cases, but that sounds odd to me with "authoritarian". What would you suggest as correct?

How about
Her father's reaction was authoritarian and selfish.

Or you could come over all colloquial and write
Here father came over all authoritarian and selfish.

Mickwick
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A common way of writing this would be
Her father reacted in an authoritarian and selfish manner.

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I have a problem with this sentence: Her father reacted authoritarian and selfish. Normally, it must be the adverb in both cases, but that sounds odd to me with "authoritarian". What would you suggest as correct?

Her father acted authoritarian and selfish.
I have a problem with this sentence: Her father reacted ... to me with "authoritarian". What would you suggest as correct?

Her father acted authoritarian and selfish.

Hmm. That's horrible.
Try:
Her father acted authoritatively and selfishly.
Her father was authoritarian and acted selfishly.

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Her father acted authoritarian and selfish.

Hmm. That's horrible. Try: Her father acted authoritatively and selfishly. Her father was authoritarian and acted selfishly.

Might as well go all the way: "behaved selfishly." Wouldn't want anyone to think it was all a pose.
Authoritarian and selfish are a strange combination, come to think of it.

Bob Lieblich
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Her father acted authoritarian and selfish.

Hmm. That's horrible. Try: Her father acted authoritatively and selfishly. Her father was authoritarian and acted selfishly.

Do you consider "authoritatively" to be a synonym for "authoritarian"?
Hmm. That's horrible. Try: Her father acted authoritatively and selfishly. Her father was authoritarian and acted selfishly.

Do you consider "authoritatively" to be a synonym for "authoritarian"?

No. The first is an adverb, and the second is an adjective. It is the best adverb I could find. The meanings of the two words are extremely close, I think.
Main Entry: au·thor·i·ta·tive
Pronunciation: &-'thär-&-"tA-tiv, o-, -'thor-
Function: adjective
Date: 1605

1 a : having or proceeding from authority : OFFICIAL b : showing evident authority : DEFINITIVE

2 : DICTATORIAL 2- au·thor·i·ta·tive·ly adverb
- au·thor·i·ta·tive·ness noun
Main Entry: au·thor·i·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: o-"thär-&-'ter-E-&n, &-, -"thor-
Function: adjective
Date: 1879

1 : of, relating to, or favoring blind submission to authority

2 : of, relating to, or favoring a concentration of power in a leader or anelite not constitutionally responsible to the people - authoritarian noun
- au·thor·i·tar·i·an·ism /-E-&-"ni-z&m/ noun

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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Do you consider "authoritatively" to be a synonym for "authoritarian"?

No. The first is an adverb, and the second is an adjective. It is the best adverb I could find. The meanings of the two words are extremely close, I think.

I do know what they mean, but I don't think they are anything close to being interchangeable. There's a perceived meaning difference.

The person that is authoritarian is a person that is controlling. He is strict and unbending. The person that speaks authoritatively speaks convincingly and, supposedly, with knowledge. The person that speaks authoritatively is not - by nature of speaking authoritatively - authoritarian. He may not even be controlling.
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