isn't smart to

This is the place to post questions and discussions on usage and style. The members of the Wordwizard Clubhouse will also often be able to help you to formulate that difficult letter.
Post Reply

isn't smart to

Post by azz » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:48 am

Can one say

a. He isn't foolish to believe what they say.
b. He isn't an idiot to believe what they say.

c. He isn't smart to have made this discovery.
d. He isn't a genius to have made this discovery.

e. He isn't smart to write such songs.
f. He isn't a genius to write such song.

?

The idea is basically that : The fact that he has done .... doesn't mean he is ...

Many thanks.
ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS

Re: isn't smart to

Post by tony h » Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:07 am

azz wrote:
Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:48 am

The idea is basically that : The fact that he has done .... doesn't mean he is ...
They don't really achieve that for me. Adding "because" or "just because" or "for"" to create the thought.

Not:
  • He isn't foolish to believe what they say.

rather:
  • He isn't foolish because he believed what they said.
    He isn't foolish just because he believed what they said.
    He isn't foolish for believing what they said.
ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
Signature: tony

I'm puzzled therefore I think.

ACCESS_END_OF_TOPIC
Post Reply