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    Default He is possible to persuade him?

    Why can't you use 2 when you can use 1? Why can't you use possible,necessary, important after a person when you can use easy or difficult after that?

    1.It is easy(difficult) to please him=> He is easy(difficult) to please.(0)
    2.It is possible(necessary, important) to persuade him=>He is possible(necessary, important) to persuade.(X)

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    Default Re: He is possible to persuade him?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Why can't you use 2 when you can use 1? Why can't you use possible,necessary, important after a person when you can use easy or difficult after that?

    1.It is easy(difficult) to please him=> He is easy(difficult) to please.(0)
    2.It is possible(necessary, important) to persuade him=>He is possible(necessary, important) to persuade.(X)
    I don't find anything wrong with the following sentences:


    He is difficult to persuade. a difficult man
    He is possible to persuade. a possible man
    He is necessary to persuade. a necessary man
    He is important to persuade. an important man

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    Default Re: He is possible to persuade him?

    1a. He is difficult to persuade. 1b. a difficult man
    2a. He is possible to persuade. 2b. a possible man
    3a. He is necessary to persuade. 3b. a necessary man
    4a. He is important to persuade. 4b. an important man
    1a and 1b sound natural to me, though a 'difficult man' may not be the same as one who is 'difficult to persuade'.

    My feeling is that 2a, 2b. 3a and 4a may be heard in informal conversation, but I would not recommend them for use by learners. 3b is possible in restricted contexts.

    4b is fine.

    These are personal, rather than'rule-based', opinions. It will be interesting to see what others think.

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    Default Re: He is possible to persuade him?

    How about the negatives of 2b? An impossible man is natural, though the meaning has changed. A possible man would, I think, sound natural enough in context, though I think more in contexts like possible candidate than possible to persuade.

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