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    beautiful/jolly/pretty/handsome/pleasant looking/lovely/

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the nuance in the menings of the expressions in bold in the following sentences from different English texts?

    She is a beautiful woman, indeed. Dunsford had jolly curling hair, a fresh complexion and a beautiful smile. She behaves as if she were beautiful.

    She is not beautiful: that is an adjective which I use sparingly, but she is both pretty and attractive.

    At the meal I began by being jubilant and boastful, trying to impress my neighbor, a cool and handsome girl.

    Her eyes were bright and I suddenly thought how pretty she could be .

    I could not understand how she had turned from the fresh, pleasant looking young woman I had first known at Blackstable into the lovely creature whose beauty now practically everyone acknowledged.

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: beautiful/jolly/pretty/handsome/pleasant looking/lovely/

    Dunsford had jolly curling hair- this is weird;I'd use curly and I am not sure that hair can be jolly, which is cheerful and friendly, fun-loving, etc.
    Beauty is rarer a greater than prettiness. A handsome woman is attractive but has some thing masculine about her.


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