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    She lighted a cigarette with more fuss and force than usual.

    Does fuss mean here "excitement"?

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    Re: fuss

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    She lighted a cigarette with more fuss and force than usual.

    Does fuss mean here "excitement"?
    "Fuss" can mean "excitement" but it's more like "needless activity".

    In BrE, by the way, we say "She lit a cigarette..."

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    Re: fuss

    Do you mean "confusion"? I'm asking about "needless activity"

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Do you mean "confusion"? I'm asking about "needless activity"

    No, nothing to do with confusion. "Needless activity" is simply a set of actions that are not entirely necessary. If you make a big fuss about something, you make a big deal out of it. You do or say more than is actually necessary in order to get something done.

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    #5

    Re: fuss

    So lighting a cigarette she did it more forcefully than usually and made a bit more fuss than usually.

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    Re: fuss

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    So lighting a cigarette she did it more forcefully than usually and made a bit more fuss than usually.
    Apparently, yes! I don't really know how one can light a cigarette forcefully or with a lot of fuss!

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    Re: fuss

    Me neither.

    Thanks.

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    #8

    Re: fuss

    If this is from a book, "lighted" is acceptable. "Lit" is the usual past and past participle, but "lighted" is not actually incorrect.

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    Re: fuss

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    If this is from a book, "lighted" is acceptable. "Lit" is the usual past and past participle, but "lighted" is not actually incorrect.
    That's why I didn't say it was incorrect, just that we normally say "lit".

    I would say that we use "lighted" more often as an adjective though.

    "He threw a lighted cigarette into the puddle of petrol."
    "He lit a cigarette and threw it into the puddle of petrol."

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