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Hi

I have often seen 'strong-nerved' in Indian English. Could you please tell me if it is common among native speakers? Or would a native speaker walking down the street frown at its use in everyday English?

She is a very strong-nerved person; you can't upset her easily.

Thanks,

Tom

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not used in Canada

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Mr. TomCould you please tell me if it is common among native speakers?

Not in the US, but everybody would understand it.

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It's not common in the UK.

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Thanks, Clive and Anons.

So strong alone is enough?

She is a very strong person; you can't upset her easily.

Tom

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Mr. TomSo strong alone is enough?

Yes, but as always, there are a thousand ways to put it. If you like nerves, you could say, "She has steady nerves. You can't upset her easily." A Brit might say she has a steady nerve, instead.