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    steep vs. sheer

    What's the difference between steep and sheer? If there's any.

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    #2

    Re: steep vs. sheer

    Hi,

    Have you checked any dictionaries first?

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    Last edited by charliedeut; 09-Jul-2012 at 17:46.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: steep vs. sheer

    I have and I'm still confused.

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    Re: steep vs. sheer

    Quote Originally Posted by spongie View Post
    I have and I'm still confused.
    Understandable. I tried several online dictionaries, and some of them are not too clear.

    'sheer' is extremely steep, approaching or even actually perpendicular. A car can go up a steep hill, if it is not too steep. Only a skilled climber can go up a sheer cliff or rock face.

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    Re: steep vs. sheer

    It's a difficult one. I think the nuance is in the usage and our learnt understanding. For me, an sheer uphill slope would be very, very steep (as 5jj said, almost perpendicular). However, when standing at the top of a cliff and saying "Wow, that's a sheer drop", I always mean that it really is a straight, perpendicular drop to the ground.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: steep vs. sheer

    Thank you 5jj and emsr2d2. It's clearer to me now.

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