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    1. She is a reliable person. (right)

    2. She is reliable. (right)

    3. She is trustworthy. (right)

    4. She is a trustworthy person. (wrong)

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    Are the comment I put in the bracket at the end of the sentence correct?



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    Default Re: reliable

    Number 4 is right.

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    Default Re: reliable

    Hi Ju

    I agree with Rover, but, based on a previous unfortunate contractual experience of different interpretations between UKE and AME, I believe what Rover meant, strictly speaking, was: "Number 4 is also right"

    It is similar to the problem where, in UKE, a double-negative represents a positive, whereas in AME, I understand, a double negative reinforces the negative.

    "Number 4 is right" could, to some people, mean that: "She is a trustworthy person. (wrong)" (unlike the other statements) is a correct statement, which is not what, I believe, was intended.

    It's just one of the nuances of the English language, but the difference in my case almost lead to a wrong interpretation of a final response from international tenderers (bidders) and a major contract being incorrectly awarded, on a misconception, to the wrong bidder. Thankfully we realised it in time.

    I know it's a bit "picky" but, in a contractual context, you soon learn to be very careful with your very precise wording.

    Hence my specific interest in language

    Hope this helps
    R21

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    Default Re: reliable

    Fair comment, R21.

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    Default Re: reliable

    R21- I agree that there can be a problem with ambiguity in post#2, but where did you get the idea that in AmE a double negative reinforces the negative? I infer from this that you believe that this is the norm in the US. While this form is occasionally heard in both AmE and BrE, it is, IMO, not acceptable.

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    Default Re: reliable

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    R21but where did you get the idea that in AmE a double negative reinforces the negative?
    I don't know nuthin' about that!
    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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