Your teacher is 100% wrong. To deliberate is to carefully study and consider.
Deliberate | Define Deliberate at Dictionary.comDeliberate is applied to what is done not hastily but with full realization of what one is doing
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Hello. I was reading an article in a book, and then a bumped into "deliberately". The full sentence was: ...so Torsten could guess from a mild expression which suddenly came about on Judy's face that she had mistaken him deliberately.... Due to the context, I figured out that "deliberately" means: do something on purpose, intentionally. However, my English school teacher (who I don`t know how she has got her degree in English) told me that to do something deliberately is the same to say that you did it without thinking of it previously, by surprise. But I`m not sure, and I don`t want to look it up in the dictionary owing to personal reasons. I therefore believed it would be sensible of me to ask you.
Thanks a million in advance,
Sorry SoothingDave, but I asked about "deliberately", not about "deliberate". Anyway, thank you very much for devoting a little time to pay a glance at my post.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
"Deliberately" is the adverb form of the word. The meaning remains the same.
Really, try the dictionary. I gave you the link. Put a little effort into it.
Okay, I believe you. I'm not suggesting that you are lying to me. I have already looked for "deliberate" by clicking on the link you have provided me with, and it's exactly the same you are telling me. But that meaning wouldn't go for the context of the phrase I extracted.
Look! Here I have found the word again! It`s in the definition of "lie"...
intransitive verb (past and past participle lied, present participle ly·ing [l ing], 3rd person present singular lies)
1. deliberately say something untrue: to say something that is not true in a conscious effort to deceive somebody
He lied about his age in order to get into the army.
2. be deceptive: to give a false impression
Don't forget that appearances can lie.
noun (plural lies)
1. falsehood: a false statement made deliberately
She told me she wasn't seeing anyone else, but that was a lie.
2. false appearance: a situation based on deception or a false impression
beginning to feel that my whole life is a lie
[ Old English lēogan (verb), lyge (noun) < Germanic]
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Due to the context, I figured out that "deliberately" means: do something on purpose, intentionally.Deliberate | Define Deliberate at Dictionary.comBut that meaning wouldn't go for the context of the phrase I extracted.
How is it that you think this definition doesn't work?–adjective
carefully weighed or considered; studied; intentional: a deliberate lie.
Yes, you made a point!
So, "deliberately" is on purpose, as I firstly said?
Yes, and as I said in my first post, where I led you to the dictionary. Which gives the meaning of words and their related forms. Really.
Thank you very much! You have been of great help!