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59. What does "He wisely refused to spend his money" mean?

A. It was wise of him to refuse to spend his money.

B. He refused to spend his money in a wise manner.

C. He was short of money and didn't want to buy anything.

D. He refused, in a wise manner, to spend his money.

My choice is D, the given one is A.

help!
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Stephen:
Webster's dictionary does support your choice of (D), but (A) is a better idiomatic translation.

Wise'ly\, adv. In a wise manner; prudently; judiciously; discreetly; with wisdom.
She wisely invited her parents. == "she acted wisely when she invited her parents" [ant: foolishly]

The placement of the adverb changes the meaning. The adverb modifies the verb, but also the word or phrase that is positioned closest to it.
He refused to spend his money wisely. = He spent it recklessly!
He wisely refused to spend his money. = He was wise (It was wise of him), so he saved and did not spend, his money.
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I don't think you can refuse in a wise manner (or in a foolish manner). You just refuse. You may refuse because you are wise or because you are foolish, but you don't refuse in a wise or foolish manner.

Well, maybe I should retract that, partially. You can refuse in a foolish manner if you refuse while wearing a clown suit or while making comic or eccentric gestures. So I suppose you can refuse in a wise manner if you refuse while making yourself look very thoughtful. But that's not the meaning of "wisely refused".

Compare:

He purposely left the keys where she couldn't find them.
He accidentally dropped the plate.
Fortunately, it didn't break.


These don't mean: He left the keys ... in a purposeful manner. He dropped the plate in an accidental manner. It didn't break in a fortunate manner.
Adverbs can be tricky. Emotion: smile

CJ
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