Consider these expressions

You have to shut the door strongly/forcefully to lock it.

You have to press the lid strongly/forcefully/powerfully to lock the jar.

I would like to know if any of these strongly/forcefully/powerfully is appropriate in this context? If not what word should I use instead of them.


In both of these examples, forcefully is appropriate. The other two choices sound strange to me.

Forcefully does sounds a bit formal, though. In situations like these, I'm more likely to use informal phrases like pretty hard or kinda hard:

You have to shut the door pretty hard to lock it.

You have to press the lid pretty hard to close the jar.

Although some jars do have locking lids, I think it sounds strange to use the phrase lock the jar. I might use a phrase like to get the jar to close.

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