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?
Thank you in advance.
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.
Thanks a lot!