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    Default tough and strong

    I made a mistake by posting "tight and strong"...anyway...

    Could you explain to me the difference between "tough" and "strong"?
    Can I use them in the same context?

    1) Micky, hold me tough/strong!
    2) She's a very strong/tough woman!


    Could you give me some examples where I can see the right use of them? and could you tell me if there are other words that can express the same concept.

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    Default Re: tough and strong

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I made a mistake by posting "tight and strong"...anyway...

    Could you explain to me the difference between "tough" and "strong"?
    Can I use them in the same context?

    1) Micky, hold me tough/strong!
    2) She's a very strong/tough woman!


    Could you give me some examples where I can see the right use of them? and could you tell me if there are other words that can express the same concept.

    Tough means:
    -vigorous or not easily influenced, as a person; unyielding; stubborn: a tough man to work for.
    -capable of great endurance
    -mentally vigorous

    Strong means :
    -having, showing, or able to exert great bodily or muscular power; physically vigorous or robust: a strong boy.
    -aggressive; willful: a strong personality.
    Does it help?
    source: tough - Definitions from Dictionary.com
    strong - Definitions from Dictionary.com

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    Default Re: tough and strong

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    I made a mistake by posting "tight and strong":...anyway...

    Could you explain to me the difference between "tough" and "strong"?
    Can I use them in the same context?

    1) Micky, hold me tough/strong! tight!
    2) She's a very strong/tough woman! Either.


    Could you give me some examples where I can see the right use of them? and could you tell me if there are other words that can express the same concept.
    The woman in 2 could be tough or strong or both - see Teia's definitions.

    Examples:

    It's tough when you lose both parents when you're a child. [hard to bear]
    You have to be strong. [resilient]
    Oh Heathcliff, we must be strong. [firm-willed]
    The Millky Bar Kid is tough and strong [this is a quote from a real advert. The MBK was a little boy pretending to be a cowboy and eating a Milky Bar (white chocolate, and he was blond of course) - the implication was that it was healthy and nutritious.]

    b

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