What's the difference between "stern" and "severe"? Are they interchangable? For example, I have such sentences: 1. He gave me stern look. 2. He is a stern teacher. 3. He looked at my severely. Can you give some examples to show it? Thanks in advance!
Feb 18, 2016 8:43 AM
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The words are usually quite different, and usually not very interchangeable "Stern" means serious in a strict way: give sb a stern/severe look (here the two are very similar) stern mother stern statement "Severe" means serious in a bad way. severe illness stern/severe consequences (stern consequences implies a strict punishment, you CAN'T say, for instance *"climate change will have stern consequences", but you CAN say "breaking the law will be met with stern consequences"), severe weather
February 18, 2016
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