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What different between firm and hard a firm apple
a hard apple
whichi one sounds more natural?
what different between firm and hard.

Apr 30, 2019 7:59 AM
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hard, like diamond or steel, but also hard cheese

firm, like a muscular arm, you can push your finger into the surface but not far, so it has to be yielding


Apple, a firm apple would be nice to eat, a hard one would not be ripe.

May 3, 2019

You could say both but they would mean different things. Firm has a more positive connotation(feeling). Hard is neutral or negative depending on the context.

In this case, a firm apple means it is hard in a pleasant way. Not too hard. Nice and crispy. Good for baking apple pie :)

A hard apple would be hard in a neutral or negative way. Perhaps too hard. It doesn't sound weird but it doesn't sound completely natural to an English speaker because we would more likely say it with a modifier.

ie. The apple is too hard. The rock-hard apple... 


May 3, 2019

Hi Ishimori! Both "hard apple" and "firm apple" sound fine to me. Depending on your exact meaning, "crunchy apple" or "crisp apple" could be even better.

April 30, 2019
Now, I understand.
Thank you for your perfect explanation.
It was clear and easy to understand!!
May 3, 2019
Thank you for your reply!
Sorry for replying so late.
May 3, 2019
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Ishimori
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese
Learning Language
Chinese (Mandarin), English