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    Usage of "wear"

    When we describe the hair of a person, we can either say "She has long hair" or "She wears her hair long". Is there any significant difference between these two sentences?

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    Re: Usage of "wear"

    I would use the second where having long hair was less expected or customary.

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    Re: Usage of "wear"

    But what if we take the idea of "intention" into consideration...I mean if the girl intends to have long hair, which sentence would you choose?

    (To me, "She has long hair" simple describes a fact, it doesn't focus on the preference/intention of the girl. But "She wears her hair long" gives me the feeling that the girl deliberately keeps her hair long. Is my understanding correct? Or do I misunderstand the usage of "wear" here?)

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    Re: Usage of "wear"

    She has long hair means that her hair extends past her shoulders. She may, however, wear it in a bun or chignon or some other style that has it piled up on her head.

    She wears her hair long means that she not only has long hair, she customarily lets it hang loose and doesn't bundle it up in any particular style.

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    Re: Usage of "wear"

    Thanks, Tdol & Ouisch.

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