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    Default strong deliberation

    Hello, teachers.
    I encountered the following sentence and am not sure what "a strong deliberation" means.

    There was a strong deliberation in the lines of her long, thin sensitive face...

    I understand such expressions as "much deliberation" or "careful deliberation" or "calm deliberation", but what is "strong deliberation"? Does this mean something like "strong will"?

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    Default Re: strong deliberation

    I agree with you that 'strong deliberation' sounds odd. Here is what the BNC records (no "strong" anywhere in the 45 cases):

    1 CAREFUL DELIBERATION 11
    2 GREAT DELIBERATION 9
    3 THE DELIBERATION 8
    4 SLOW DELIBERATION 5
    5 CALM DELIBERATION 4
    6 HUMAN DELIBERATION 4
    7 QUIET DELIBERATION 3
    8 LONG DELIBERATION 3
    9 A DELIBERATION 3
    10 COOL DELIBERATION 2
    11 CONSIDERABLE DELIBERATION 2
    12 CONSCIOUS DELIBERATION 2
    13 COLLECTIVE DELIBERATION 2
    14 CAUTIOUS DELIBERATION 2
    15 MORAL DELIBERATION 2
    16 PARTICULAR DELIBERATION 2
    17 SHORT DELIBERATION 2
    18 TERRIBLE DELIBERATION 1
    19 STATELY DELIBERATION 1
    20 SPECIAL DELIBERATION 1
    21 SOUNDLESS DELIBERATION 1
    22 RIPE DELIBERATION 1
    23 RHYTHMIC DELIBERATION 1
    24 REMARKABLE DELIBERATION 1
    25 RATIONAL DELIBERATION 1
    26 PROFOUND DELIBERATION 1
    27 PRESENT DELIBERATION 1
    28 PRACTICAL DELIBERATION 1
    29 OVER-EXAGGERATED DELIBERATION 1
    30 NO LONGER DELIBERATION 1
    31 METICULOUS DELIBERATION 1
    32 MATURE DELIBERATION 1
    33 LENGTHY DELIBERATION 1
    34 LEGAL DELIBERATION 1
    35 INDEPENDENT DELIBERATION 1
    36 11-HOUR DELIBERATION 1
    37 GRAVE DELIBERATION 1
    38 FULLEST DELIBERATION 1
    39 FRESH DELIBERATION 1
    40 ETHICAL DELIBERATION 1
    41 DUE DELIBERATION 1
    42 COLD DELIBERATION 1
    43 CLOSE-QUARTER DELIBERATION 1
    44 CALCULATED DELIBERATION 1
    45 BLUNT DELIBERATION 1

    read more here: [Davies/BYU] BYU-BNC: British National Corpus

    Deliberation, in all these cases, means 'the process of deliberating'. The idea of doing something 'deliberately' is secondary; something is deliberate if it's done after deliberation.

    But I think the writer (is it a native speaker? - not all great writers were [at least, not of English!]: Josef Conrad, for example) means there were signs of deliberateness or determination in her face.

    b

    PS BNC gave no hits for 'much deliberation' because of my query: [a*] deliberation. If I'd searched for * deliberation, that collocation would have beaten all my adjective ones 'hands down' [=easily] - it's very strong.
    Last edited by BobK; 06-Aug-2008 at 15:33.

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    Default Re: strong deliberation

    Thank you for your detailed explanation, BobK!! The quote is from Kate Chopin's short story "Her Letter". I didn't know there is such a site as this "British National Corpus". This is going to be my favarite site, I am sure. Thanks again.

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