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    • Join Date: Sep 2007
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    #1

    Cool Stiffen/Get hard/Harden/Toughen?

    Hello amigos!

    1) Beat the cream until it begins to stiffen/get hard/harden/toughen.
    2) The mixture stiffens/gets hard/ hardens/toughens as it cools.
    3) His time in the army certainly got him hard/stiffened/harden/toughen him.

    In the samples above, Can I use these verbs interchangeably? What´d the main difference among them?

    Thanks,

    Sam


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    #2

    Re: Stiffen/Get hard/Harden/Toughen?

    Beat the cream until it begins to thicken.
    Beat the egg whites until they stiffen.

    2) The mixture stiffens/gets hard/ hardens/toughens as it cools.
    What is the actual mixture? That will determine which verb is most appropriate.

    3) His time in the army certainly toughened him up.
    His time in prison hardened him (made him less sensitive, less caring about others; unsympathetic)

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