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    Default He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    Hi!

    Is there anything wrong with the following sentence?

    He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

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    Default Re: He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hi!

    Is there anything wrong with the following sentence?

    He is a person of redoubtable character.

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    It's OK.

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    Default Re: He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It's OK.
    I agree - as far as syntax is concerned. It is not something most of us would actually say, in my opinion.

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    Default Re: He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    So would you please express it in a more natural way keeping the word redoubtable.

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    Default Re: He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    So would you please express it in a more natural way keeping the word redoubtable.
    No.

    If a journalist were describing a political/military/business/etc leader, he might use your exact words. Lesser mortals, such as 5jj, do not normally use the word redoubtable.
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    Default Re: He is a person of redoubtable charachter.

    I don't mind using it of a person's character - as long as it's what you mean. Just because someone is undoubtedly of the right character (whatever you have defined that to be), or one could never doubt his word, that doesn't make him redoubtable. (The fact that a word has 'doubt' in it doesn't automatically qualify it as being about reliability. A redoubtable thing - often an army or fortress or system of defences - is of such a kind as to make potential aggressors doubt their own chances. Next time I'm passing a decent dictionary I must check whether it was formed with reference to the term in military architecture - Redoubt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .)

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