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    Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    Hi teachers,
    Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in the following sentence?
    He has to work hard harder than the excavator operators.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

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    How about "diligent"?

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

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    How about "diligent"?
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. I think it should be 'diligently' in any case. Shouldn't it be an adverb?

    L.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    I don't think that working diligently means the same as working hard. I can work diligently on a document but someone who works on a building site carrying bricks works hard.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think that working diligently means the same as working hard. I can work diligently on a document but someone who works on a building site carrying bricks works hard.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    That's why I've asked. There are quite a few synonyms for 'hard'. I just don't know which one to use in this context.

    L.
    Last edited by learning54; 16-Jul-2012 at 19:06.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by learning54 View Post
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    That's why I've asked. There are quite a few synonyms for 'hard'. I just don't know which one to use in this context.

    L.
    In that context there isn't a satisfactory synonym.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    In that context there isn't a satisfactory synonym.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply.
    How about:
    a) 'hard', with effort.
    b) 'harder', with more effort.

    Do you agree?

    L.

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    Re: Could you tell me a suitable synonym for 'hard' and 'harder' in this sentence?

    No, I think you're talking about how difficult the labor is.

    Someone might have to put more effort into something that they are unskilled at, so the task is harder for that person, but not hard in the grand scheme of life.

    I am not very handy. Making a nail go in straight, or getting a screw to fasten in all the way without going cockeyed (or falling on the floor three times) requires a lot of effort from me. You might be able to do either of those tasks with almost no effort at all. Even so, I would never say that screwing in a bracket was "hard." Carrying all the lumber up the stairs is hard work.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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