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    Smile in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    Holly plants bear/produce fruit--red berries--in the dark/gloomy days of winter, which amazed ancient cultures/peoples.


    Are all the words beside the slashes in the above interchangeable and similar in meaning? Thanks.

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    Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    bear/produce - OK, though I prefer the first
    dark/gloomy - OK, but the second is more negative

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    Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    bear/produce - OK, though I prefer the first
    dark/gloomy - OK, but the second is more negative
    Thanks, Tdol.

    By the way, in what ways/respects is "gloomy" more negative?

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    Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    It can be dark without any negative feeling, but if it's gloomy, it's dark in a negative way- those depressing winter days in the UK when it's dark by 3pm for instance.

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    Smile Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It can be dark without any negative feeling, but if it's gloomy, it's dark in a negative way- those depressing winter days in the UK when it's dark by 3pm for instance.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    I was in England for only two weeks in the summer, so I couldn't feel what you described. Would you be more specific about the negative feelings you have?

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    Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    Many people get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter; they feel tired, depressed and have low energy levels. Winter can be grim- it gets dark early and the sky is grey for much of the time.

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    Re: in the dark/gloomy days of winter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Many people get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the winter; they feel tired, depressed and have low energy levels. Winter can be grim- it gets dark early and the sky is grey for much of the time.
    Thanks, Tdol.
    Got it.

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