Results 1 to 10 of 10
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Son says, "It's heartening to see them making up."

    Father responded,"Rather, I am truly heartened to hear that they have become a more loving couple."

    Is the use of 'Rather' correct in the above sentence?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 17,796
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Yes, but the whole conversation sounds stilted.

    Where did you read it?

    Rover

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Yes, but the whole conversation sounds stilted.

    Where did you read it?

    Rover
    Hi Rover,
    It is an example given by my friend who asks me if the use of 'Rather' to begin a sentence is correct. She intends "Rather" to state that the father is viewing the relationship from another angle.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    I would like to have the views of other members.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Hi Moderators

    Why is there only a member responding?

    I believe there should other members who have their views.

    I would be grateful if any other member could respond to my question.

  1. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,942
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    It *is* stilted.

    "What make ME happy is...."

    "What *I* find heartening about the situation is...."

    (Note: I've never used "heartening" in my life. Only "disheartening.")
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Hi Barb

    The following is from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

    heartening adjective
    making you feel happier and more positive
    It was heartening to see so many people at the rally.

    Why do you find "heartening' incorrect usage?

    Thanks.

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,942
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    I did not say it was incorrect. I said (or rather, agreed) that it was stilted and suggested more natural ways to express this thought. I also added that my own experience has not included using this word. You seemed dismayed that you hadn't heard from anyone else, so I gave an additional opinion.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 2,058
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I did not say it was incorrect. I said (or rather, agreed) that it was stilted and suggested more natural ways to express this thought. I also added that my own experience has not included using this word. You seemed dismayed that you hadn't heard from anyone else, so I gave an additional opinion.
    Many thanks, Barb. I'm sorry I misinterpreted what you said. I was too hasty in jumping to the conclusion.

    Many thanks for your guidance and my apologies once again for my wrong interpretation.

    Best regards

    Elaine

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,942
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: Rather, I am truly heartened...

    No need to apologize. Rather, I'm heartened by the thought that it may have helped.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •