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  1. #1

    Pressure/pressing

    Hello everyone,

    A small question for a good start. Is there any difference between

    a pressure situation and a pressing situation?

    I am looking for a phraze that in the most correct and concise way describes a circumstance of high stress (in formal language).

    Ewelina


    • Join Date: Mar 2006
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    Re: Pressure/pressing

    Quote Originally Posted by ewelina
    Hello everyone,

    A small question for a good start. Is there any difference between

    a pressure situation and a pressing situation?

    I am looking for a phraze that in the most correct and concise way describes a circumstance of high stress (in formal language).

    Ewelina
    The phrase you are looking for is "a pressure situation". A "pressing situation" is simply one which requires a quick resolution. It does not necessarily imply that there is any stress involved, albeit that may be the result if the resolution is not forthcoming.

    For example:

    "Do you want soup or salad? Hurry up, the situation is pressing. The waiter needs an answer."
    "I resent you always putting me in a pressure situation."

  2. #3

    Re: Pressure/pressing

    I thought as much, but I wasn't 100% certain, so thank you very much.

    What do you think of the phrase 'a hectic situation'?

    In your opinion is it formal or informal language? It does involve commotion, stress and necessity for quick thinking.

    Regards, Ewelina


    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 671
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    Re: Pressure/pressing

    "A hectic situation" is a perfectly natural phrase. It is however informal. I would not write it in a formal document.

  3. #5

    Re: Pressure/pressing

    thank you

    ewelina

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