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    She is very strict in her work.

    She is very strict in her work.

    I think 'in' should be replaced by 'about'. Am I right?

    Thanks.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    I'm not sure what you mean by 'strict'.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    'She's very strict about things like homework.'── quoted from the Oxford Dictionaries.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    She is very strict in (doing) her work.
    This is an example sentence from a dictionary named ‘A New Student’s English-Chinese Dictionary’, published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press, under the meaning of ‘demanding that rules, especially rules about behavior, should be obeyed’. Another example sentence is this – He is very strict in observing the regulations.

    I can only find collocations like ‘be strict about something’ and ‘be strict with somebody’ in several dictionaries published in the UK and the USA. So I wonder if there’s a collocation like ‘be strict in (doing) something’.
    Thanks.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    A New Student’s English-Chinese Dictionary’, published by Shanghai Foreign Language Education Press
    I would not put much trust in English dictionaries written by my Chinese compatriots.

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    #6

    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    I don't like 'strict in her work'.

    However, click here to find several acceptable examples of 'strict in' in a variety of contexts.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    Thank you, Rover and Matthew.

    Can I take what you've said to mean that there's no such a collocation of ‘be strict in (doing) something’.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    'He said officers will be strict in enforcing the new towing ordinance.'── quoted from this page.
    'In addition, the genuine teacher will be utterly strict in his adherence to the Divine Law.'── quoted from this page.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    Quote Originally Posted by diamondcutter View Post
    Can I take what you've said to mean that there's no such a collocation of ‘be strict in (doing) something’.
    No, you cannot assume that.

    Matthew has given you an example of 'strict in (doing)'.

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    Re: She is very strict in her work.

    1. He was strict in discipline and punishment but was nonetheless loved by his legionaries.
    2. My parents were strict in that no presents were opened until Christmas morning.
    3. In addition, the genuine teacher will be utterly strict in his adherence to the Divine Law.

    Can ‘in’ in the sentences above be replaced with ‘about’? What about the following two sentences?

    1. They are very strict in observing the Sabbath.
    2. He said officers will be strict in enforcing the new towing ordinance.

    Thanks in advance.

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