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Hi

Are these sentences natural? Any suggestions please?

  1. His beautiful ties always uplifted his plain shirts.
  2. His beautiful ties always enlivened his plain shirts.
  3. His beautiful ties always accentuated his plain shirts.
  4. His beautiful ties always gave boost to his plain shirts.
  5. His beautiful ties always gingered up his plain shirts.

Thanks,

Tom

Comments  

• His beautiful ties always uplifted his plain shirts.

Weird, if only because I've only heard uplift in the context of uplifting spirits; I also envision a tie physically lifting a shirt out of pants, resulting in mayhem. Not my first choice.

• His beautiful ties always enlivened his plain shirts.

Good.

• His beautiful ties always accentuated his plain shirts.

Solid. The most natural of the five.

• His beautiful ties always gave boost to his plain shirts.

This verb choice does not give me boost.

• His beautiful ties always gingered up his plain shirts.

This is a UK thing; apparently it's fine, but I'm not the one to say so.


Other suggestions:

graced

embellished

enriched

gussied up (hands-down favorite)

garnished (also strong)

carried

supported

accented

outshined


ignited

more than compensated for

shone brightly against

shamed

overwhelmed