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    Re: impulsive or spontaneous

    Just to confirm whether "an impetuous young woman" can also be expressed as "an impulsive young woman". As for "spontaneous", i am still confused how it is used to describe a person. Do i say "a spontaneous man" when i mean he is friendly or helpful?

    You could describe an "impetuous woman" as being an "impulsive woman", and vice versa. Here impetuous would suggest the "rash" and "incautious" aspects of being impulsive.
    "He's a spontaneous man" is not specific enough to convey the idea that he is necessarily helpful. To say "he's a spontaneous sort of guy" could suggest a friendly outgoing nature, but it is more often a specific personality trait that is singled out when describing people:
    "His generosity seems quite spontaneous, it's not about what's in it for him"
    (i.e. from the heart, not calculated or self-serving)
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    "What a delightful girl, such a spontaneous laugh!".
    (i.e. natural, genuine, unaffected)

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    Re: MS

    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneWang View Post
    Sorry for the confusing "MS" title in my posting. I thought the field of "Title" was to put in the other TITLE as Miss, Mrs or MS, etc.
    Well, that's the first time I have seen anyone make that mistake, but it is quite amusing.

    Using i for the first person pronoun is very common these days in chat forums, emails and texting. However, it is not acceptable in the normal written language. Please capitalise it in this forum.

    ps. That is not a crticism but a response to your request for correction.

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    Re: impulsive or spontaneous

    Quote Originally Posted by JoanneWang View Post
    Hi, JMurray. Thanks for you explanation. Just to confirm whether "an impetuous young woman" can also be expressed as "an impulsive young woman". As for "spontaneous", i am still confused how it is used to describe a person. Do i say "a spontaneous man" when i mean he is friendly or helpful? From Joanne.
    My answer to your first question is yes. To your second question,yes, friendly, not necessarily helpful. Being friendly is a consequence of his being sponteneous.

    By the way, last month you started a thread with the same content (impulsive and sponteneous). You could just keep on with your old thread. I admit that your new thread has a better title.

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    Re: impulsive or spontaneous

    (I merged the two threads.)
    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.

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