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    Could you please explain what the difference is between the synonyms? In the passage from a book the author (an American) writes: “… she was fat, but her fat looked solid”. Can I say “her fat looked hard” instead? Will the replacement influence the reader’s perception?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IreneRead View Post
    Could you please explain what the difference is between the synonyms? In the passage from a book the author (an American) writes: “… she was fat, but her fat looked solid”. Can I say “her fat looked hard” instead? Will the replacement influence the reader’s perception? Yes, I think it would, at least, for me. "Solid", again for me, creates an image of one who, although overweight, is in good shape/condition. I don't believe "hard" and "fat" work well together.

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Solid or hard?

    In addition, "hard" has a connotation of being mean, angry, unkind.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Thanks a lot!

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