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    Strong Necessity

    Is it okay to use the adjective "strong" in "strong necessity" like:

    "They ignored the strong necessity for a balanced budget."

    I looked up some dictionary ( learnersdictionary.com/search/strong ) , but couldn't find a good definition for "strong" for the above example. Is my example wrong?

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    Some people would argue that necessary is not a gradable adjective. Something is either necessary or it is not. By this logic, necessity cannot be either strong or weak.

    Speaking personally I have no problem with strong necessity, at least in colloquial speech.

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    So, "strongly necessary" is also not acceptable?

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    as for me : absolute, stark, compelling or clear necessity could be used for emphasis;

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    I didn't say strong necessity was unacceptable. I said I had no problem with it, but that some people would argue ...

    Strongly necessary is also fine with me in everyday speech, although I would avoid it in formal writing.

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    So, "strong" and "strongly" don't mean "very"?

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    #7

    Re: Strong Necessity

    I have no problem with that usage. The adjective "strong" intensifies the noun.

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    Quote Originally Posted by hains View Post
    So, "strong" and "strongly" don't mean "very"?
    If I could invoke the clone-checker here, I would.
    Last edited by probus; 13-May-2013 at 05:20.

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    Re: Strong Necessity

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    If I could invoke the clone-checker here, I would.
    You are right.

    Thread closed.

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