affirm = af(再) + firm(坚定) = 一再坚定→断言
firmly = firm(坚定) + ly(表副词) =
Choose a firm mattress.
That makes your breasts firmer. Don't worry. I got one, too.
The firm's employees were expecting large bonuses.
He works for a large firm in London.
A security firm admitting that their security is breached?
Perhaps they need the guiding hand of a firm father figure.
The republic lacked firm, capable leadership.
She had to be firm with him. `I don't want to see you again.'
The President has appealed to his European partners to stand firm on the issue.
The council is standing firm against the barrage of protest.
Cotton prices remain firm and demand is strong.
The shares held firm at 280p.
We have a firm offer for the house.
It is my firm belief that an effective partnership between police and the public is absolutely necessary.
He holds very firm views.
He made a firm decision to leave.
We have no firm evidence.
There's unlikely to be firm news about the convoy's progress for some time.
I'm a firm believer in eating a healthy diet.
The company has a firm foothold in the British market.
She reintroduced the knee-length, now a firm favourite.
The product is a firm favourite with our older customers.
Bali has become a firm favourite with travellers.
He has a firm grasp of the principles.
Although the Yakutians are a minority, they have firm control of the territory.
If you have to climb up, use a firm platform or a sturdy ladder.
The handshake was firm and cool.
He managed to grasp the metal, get a firm grip of it and heave his body upwards.
He firmed his resolve.
Firm more soil over the roots and water thoroughly.
The horse race took place in April when the ground had firmed.
Safeway firmed to 392.5p following a more optimistic than expected trading statement.
His back is straightening, his chin firming: the need to survive is toughening him up.