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    Exact meaning of the words

    Hi everybody



    I have two questions.

    first, in the expression 'pianfully shy' what does painfully exactly mean? does it mean very or does it mean in an unpleasant way or both of them together?


    and the second somehow like the first question


    in the expression 'she desperately wanted solitude' does desperately means hopelessly, in a hopeless way she was seeking solitude or does it mean very and intensely? or just like the above sentence it means the both mixed together?


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    Re: Exact meaning of the words

    first, in the expression 'pianfully shy' what does painfully exactly mean? does it mean very or does it mean in an unpleasant way or both of them together?
    It's a little of both, I would say. Yes, the person is extremely shy. The person is so shy that it almost causes him or her physical and/or psychological pain to socially interact with others.

    in the expression 'she desperately wanted solitude' does desperately means hopelessly, in a hopeless way she was seeking solitude or does it mean very and intensely? or just like the above sentence it means the both mixed together?
    Probably a little of both. If you want something desperately, you want it in a manner characterized by despair, which suggests hopelessness. You want it so badly and have such little hope of obtaining it that you may well be prepared to do something violent or reckless to get it; you want it with a sense of extreme urgency.

    Hope this helps.

    Greg

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    Re: Exact meaning of the words

    Hi,

    thanks for the answer. I really Do have problem in finding the right meaning for some words in a phrase between all the meanings in the dictionaries for one word.

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