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    Default "a look of comfort", "a comforting look" or "a look of consolation"?

    How is it better to say "a look of comfort", "a comforting look" or "a look of consolation"?

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    Default Re: "a look of comfort", "a comforting look" or "a look of consolation"?

    It is not a matter of which is better, it is a matter of how you use the terms. As has been said many times, much depends on context.

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    Default Re: "a look of comfort", "a comforting look" or "a look of consolation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It is not a matter of which is better, it is a matter of how you use the terms. As has been said many times, much depends on context.
    Ok, the situation is the following. One man has lost his friend during the war. He is in grief. His other friend gives him a look of comfort to make him cheer up.

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    Default Re: "a look of comfort", "a comforting look" or "a look of consolation"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Ok, the situation is the following. One man has lost his friend during the war. He is in grief. His other friend gives him a look of comfort to make him cheer up.
    I would opt to use "comforting look" in your sentence. I don't believe that this look would make a person cheer up. It may make the person feel better, or safer, but not necessarily cheerier.

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