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    held her head erect

    "Her mouth trembled, but she held her head proudly erect" from a novel writen in 1971

    Is 'erect' old-fashioned word? Can I use it instead of 'high' for instance
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    Re: held her head erect

    I wouldn't classify it as old-fashioned. It is often used in terms of stature as in "They stood erect during the ceremony".

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    Re: held her head erect

    It may not be old-fashioned, but it isn't used much, and then mostly in formal contexts IMO.

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    Re: held her head erect

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    "Her mouth trembled, but she held her head proudly erect" from a novel writen in 1971

    Is 'erect' an old-fashioned word? Can I use it instead of 'high' for instance?
    Thank you.
    Bhai.

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    Re: held her head erect

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    "Her mouth trembled, but she held her head proudly erect" from a novel writen in 1971

    Is 'erect' old-fashioned word? Can I use it instead of 'high' for instance
    Thank you
    I think it's important to point out it's not perfectly interchangeable with "high" in all contexts.

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    Re: held her head erect

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    I think it's important to point out it's not perfectly interchangeable with "high" in all contexts.
    [AmE - not a teacher]

    In fact, I think "high" is a much better choice. "To hold your head high" is a common phrase for exactly the meaning in the passage. Holding your head erect, while grammatical, needs the modifier "proudly" to convey the same meaning.

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