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    harshness v. sternness v. severity

    "The children feared tehir neighbor because of her severity." Would you please like to express what this sentence can probably mean?

    Can it mean that the neighbor sometimes beat the children?

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    "The children feared tehir their neighbor because of her severity." Would you please like to express what this sentence can probably mean?

    Can it mean that the neighbor sometimes beat the children?

    Thank you.
    I wouldn't be completely sure what the writer meant by "her severity". They might have just meant that the neighbour is rather bad-tempered, grumpy and perhaps shouts at them. "Severe" doesn't have a specific definition when used as an adjective for a person.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wouldn't be completely sure what the writer meant by "her severity". They might have just meant that the neighbour is rather bad-tempered, grumpy and perhaps shouts at them. "Severe" doesn't have a specific definition when used as an adjective for a person.
    Its meaning is given via synonyms as "harsh, stern, very strict" By very strict, I understand that she spoke with them not to be naughty around her and gave children the affect that she will never let them to be naughty.

    What do you think?

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Its meaning is given via synonyms as "harsh, stern, very strict" By very strict, I understand that she spoke with told them not to be naughty around her and gave children the affect impression that she will never let them to be naughty.

    What do you think?

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    Those are possible interpretations.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

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    Those are possible interpretations.
    Does interpretation here mean "situation" ?

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    Have you looked up "interpretation" in a dictionary? Bookmark OneLook for future use.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Have you looked up "interpretation" in a dictionary? Bookmark OneLook for future use.
    I have looked Newbury House American English but it was not mean situation there, but it seems to me it means situation here.

    Thank you.

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    #8

    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    It doesn't. Did you do what ems suggested and try www.onelook.com?

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    Re: harshness v. sternness v. severity

    Which of the following is idiomatic, correct and in the same sense with the others?

    1) The children feared their neighbor because of her severity.

    2) "The children feared their neighbor because of her harshness

    3) "The children feared their neighbor because of her sternness

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    2 and 3 are the best.
    I am not a teacher.

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