"I cried tears." -- (without "of joy" etc.)

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Subject: "I cried tears." -- (without "of joy" etc.)
Posted by:  Hen Hanna (henhan…@gmail.com)
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016

( Shakespeare -- All, all, cry shame against ye, yet I'll speak. )

"I cried tears of joy" is pretty common.

I'm more interested in  "I cried tears."  -- (without "of joy" etc.)

      I can't find its in 19th century.

1914 -    I cried tears, for I was crying for my part. The tears just splas=
hed down the front of my new gown -- you know how they will off taffeta. I =
cried for my part twice a day that week, good hard work. On Friday I got th=
e part at fifty dollars a week and I ...

1951 -    "To laugh, that's more difficult, Mr. Flair" -- leaning slightly =
on the pronunciation of his surname, already strange and a parody in her so=
ft voice. "This isn't a quick Berlitz course. It takes time, but you've sta=
rted -- "    "I cried tears," he whispered.

There are two ways of analyzing this [I cried tears.]

    Neither seems to be in

1.  cry as a vt. (transitive verb) and "tears" is the object.

2.  For many years I've thought of "tears" as adverbial.

      [I cried tears.]  =3D=3D  I cried tearfully.
      making the -s in  "tears"=20
        like an adverbial genitive -s.