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    The books I have say when we use 'possible/impossible', we cannot use humans as the subject. I wonder if it's really true.

    How does this sentence sound? Does it sound wrong?

    He is impossible to please.

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    Yes, that's fine.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, that's fine.
    Good. It sounds fine. Just as I thought. But this doesn't, right?

    He is impossible to please her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    Good. It sounds fine. Just as I thought. But this doesn't, right?

    He is impossible to please her.
    He is impossible to please = It is impossible to please HIM. That same guy who is "he."

    You can't add a different person whom you're trying to please.
    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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    Just as I thought. Thanks, Barb!

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