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When two phenomena are interrelated, the linkage between them may be characterized as either strong or close. Google suggests that the two are equally common in both academic and non-academic contexts. Are the two completely synonymous, or are there nevertheless differences between them (as slight as they might be) in meaning or linguistic register?

A few examples from Google Scholar: 1. "strong linkage between inequality and political violence" 2. "close linkage between cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and sexual expression." 3. a strong linkage between cultural values and constitutional choices" 4. "close linkage between social rank and access to resources"

  • What phenomena are you referring to? Can you write or quote an example sentence where the phrase would be used? – user140086 Jul 12 '16 at 9:02
  • A few examples from Google Scholar: (1) "strong linkage between inequality and political violence" (2) "close linkage between cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and sexual expression." (3) " a strong linkage between cultural valuesand constitutional choices" (4) "close linkage between social rank and access to resources" – stultissimus Jul 12 '16 at 9:12
  • You can edit your question as the comment is not intended to last long. – user140086 Jul 12 '16 at 9:19
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    I believe that the two are synonymous. – Max Williams Jul 12 '16 at 9:30
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It's really a matter of preference for the writer. In the examples that you provide in your question, both "close" and "strong" mean the same thing.

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