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Would you be kind enough to explain to me the usage of “keen”, “sharp” and “acute” in the following sentences?
- It awakened in her a keen desire for relation.
- But now.. this keen yearning of his stomach was tickled hugely by the sharp, salty bacon.
- ..his unrest had been sharp and painful.
- John took his hand from under her arm, his sensation was so sharp and confused.
- If I could go out of life now, without too sharp a pang, it would be well for me, I thought.
- The dull monotonous ache of hunger ahd now become a sharp and insistent pang.
- At twelve they returned and after that, naturally, the curiosity in regard to her grew monumentarily sharper.
- The conservation was interrupted by a service call, and never resumed about this particulat woman, but the effect on Clyde was sharp.
- Never had he read fiction with such keen zest as he studied these books.
- ..when two months wore away, and day after day the post arrived and brought nothing for me, I fell a prey to the keenest anxiety.
- But one of Magnus’s strongest instincts, one of his keenest desires, was to be, if only for a short time, the master.
- Vanamee’s unhappiness was too keen this night for him to dwell long upon the vagaries of his mind.
- The child tugging at her nipples gave her a physical satisfaction a thousanfd times more acute and exquisite than the clumsy careness of George Augustus.
- At this point Mary, who had been standing in the background, observing her father’s paroxysm and his manner towards Nessie with an expression of acute anxiety, came forward and said coaxingly.
- Renwick..observed her clear profile, the faint colour stirring in her soft cheek, her unwonted animation, with a strange satisfaction, a sense of pleasure more acute than that with which she viewed the countryside.
I felt a sharp pain.
I felt a keen pain.
I felt an acute pain.
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keen - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online