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The moon illuminated the night sky, making it almost as bright as day.

The moon brightened up the night sky, ...

The moon shone in the night sky, ...

I wonder if the last two versions sound as good as the first one. If not, how would you reword them? Thank.
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AngliholicThe moon illuminated the night sky, making it almost as bright as day.

The moon brightened up the night sky, ...

The moon shone in the night sky, ...

I wonder if the last two versions sound as good as the first one. If not, how would you reword them? Thank.

I associate "brighten up" to be more an emotional description. "His smile brightens up an entire roomful of people." "Just one yellow wall seems to brighten up the kitchen".

"Shone" sounds rather matter-of-fact.

The first sentence is quite effective.
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Philip
Angliholic
The moon illuminated the night sky, making it almost as bright as day.

The moon brightened up the night sky, ...

The moon shone in the night sky, ...

I wonder if the last two versions sound as good as the first one. If not, how would you reword them? Thank.

I associate "brighten up" to be more an emotional description. "His smile brightens up an entire roomful of people." "Just one yellow wall seems to brighten up the kitchen".

"Shone" sounds rather matter-of-fact.

The first sentence is quite effective.

Thanks, Philip, for the helpful reply.

I still have some doubt, though. What do you mean by "Shone sounds rather matter-of-fact?"

By the way, are there alternatives of the base sentence?
Angliholic
Philip
Angliholic
The moon illuminated the night sky, making it almost as bright as day.

The moon brightened up the night sky, ...

The moon shone in the night sky, ...

I wonder if the last two versions sound as good as the first one. If not, how would you reword them? Thank.

I associate "brighten up" to be more an emotional description. "His smile brightens up an entire roomful of people." "Just one yellow wall seems to brighten up the kitchen".

"Shone" sounds rather matter-of-fact.

The first sentence is quite effective.

Thanks, Philip, for the helpful reply.

I still have some doubt, though. What do you mean by "Shone sounds rather matter-of-fact?"

By the way, are there alternatives of the base sentence?
It lacks emotion, description. It's just a rather cold statement.
Thanks, Philip.

Got it.
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