One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Dozens of officers forming a Guard of Honour snapped to attention as the procession, headed by two mounted officers and the solitary drummer, sombrely approached the building.’
- ‘Earlier, the marble-effect coffin, decorated with cherubs, was carried sombrely into the church by four pallbearers.’
- ‘The stained glass windows are of the expected bright colouring and the dark choir stalls sombrely face each other from both sides of the aisle, in the usual manner.’
- ‘Participants and onlookers stood sombrely as a single cannon shot heralded the silence, which marks the beginning of the armistice on November 11 1918.’
- ‘Then she went back to the main house and to her bedroom, washed her face, put on a new scarf and attended to dinner efficiently but sombrely.’
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