using of horrible and cute together

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she is looking horrible but cute....is it grammartically wrong?? someone told me that horrible and cute cant come together

asked Aug 17 '13 at 12:49 Ananda Dey New member

Capitalize the first word in your sentence. "She"

SanjayAug 17 '13 at 15:36

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Words "go" together (or not). We don't say they "come" together. You are not using horrible "and" cute. You are using horrible "but" cute. Using "but" means the second thing is an exception to the first. Though something horrible is rarely cute, your sentence indicates that she looks horrible in some way, but cute in another way. A good example is a toddler that gets into mommy's makeup supply. She has lipstick on her cheeks, eye shadow on her nose, ... It is a horrible mess. But she looks very cute.

link comment answered Aug 17 '13 at 17:39 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
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Looking horrible has a negative connotation.  Therefore, looking horrible and cute do not go together.

link comment answered Aug 17 '13 at 15:35 Sanjay Expert
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Unless it's a poem or a piece of discorse where the writer wants to create contradicting conflicting ideas in one sentence, in this case it would be described oxymoron would it not?

link comment answered Aug 19 '13 at 16:17 Gary Lohan New member

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