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    Word combination

    Excuse me, English is non-native language for me.that`s why could you tell me whether I can say "Desperately savere man" or it`s not clear for native English speaker?

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    NOT A TEACHER

    No, savere, isn't, as you can see, an existing English word. Did you mean "severe"?

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    You`re rigth. That`s a misprint..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den_Vorona View Post
    Excuse me, English is non-native language for me.that`s why could you tell me whether I can say "Desperately savere man" or it`s not clear for native English speaker?
    Even is you mean "severe", it's difficult to answer without a context. Why not write a full sentence so we can understand what you mean.
    No, "Desperately severe man" would sound strange, and the meaning is not immediately obvious.

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    Thanks a lot. I don`t think that context is really important for us.

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    Well, sorry, but context is really important for us.

    Rover

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    One can be desperately ill/poor/tired/unhappy/lonely/worried because when one is ill/poor and so on, one can become desperate, so one who is desperately ill, is very ill. I don't see how you can be "desperately severe". It sounds strange, and as Raymott has rightfully pointed out, context is needed.
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    I`m writing letter and i siad that my brother was desperately severe and didn`t give any information about my PC.

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    Hi,

    Then maybe I would say something like "He makes me desperate with his severity" or "His severity is driving me crazy".

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Word combination

    Dear all,
    Could you help me with this test?

    1. Peter was so ____at maths at school that he became the
    youngest student ever to be accepted by a college.
    1 - brilliant 2 - inspired 3 - keen 4 - proud

    2. What's done is done. It's ___ wondering what would have
    happened if you had passed the exam.
    1- inefficient 2 - valueless 3 - futile 4 - helpless

    3. Mary has hardly done any ___ this week!
    1 - effort 2 -job 3 -work 4 -labour

    4. She died after a long_______________.
    1 -disease 2 - failing 3 - illness 4 -sickness

    5. It is well-known that smoking can do you
    great____.
    1 -damage 2 -danger 3 -harm 4 -trouble

    6. I'd like to ____ your attention to this interesting fact.
    1 - attract 2 -draw 3 - pay 4 - concentrate

    7. I felt a sharp _____ when I put my hand in the boiling water.
    1- hurt 2 -pain 3 - ache 4 - harm

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