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    Default 'intelligent' and 'intellectual'

    I remember my English teacher said - long ago, that we can't use 'intelligent' for animals.

    Instead, we have to say 'an intellectual dog'.



    Still, I'm confused with intelligent and intellectual. Is it really wrong to use intelligent with an animal?

    Also, is it same in meaning to say 'intelligent man' and 'intellectual man'?


    Thank you so much.


    P.S.: I've looked over some dictionaries but their explanation was too vague for me. ㅠㅜ. Sorry. ㅠㅜ
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    Smile Re: 'intelligent' and 'intellectual'

    Ignore your 'teacher'... :)

    Definition
    Intelligent: having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals.

    Notes: people are intelligent ; statements (words) are intelligible. Intelligent often suggests a natural quickness of understanding: 'an intelligent reader'. Intellectual implies not only having a high degree of understanding, but also a capacity and taste for the higher forms of knowledge: 'intellectual interests.'


    Source: Intelligent | Define Intelligent at Dictionary.com

    The people from that site are created by more than 1 intelligent person. So which source is better? :D

    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: 'intelligent' and 'intellectual'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tepal View Post
    Ignore your 'teacher'... :)

    Intelligent: having good understanding or a high mental capacity; quick to comprehend, as persons or animals.

    Notes: people are intelligent ; statements (
    words) are intelligible. Intelligent often suggests a natural quickness of understanding: an intelligent reader. Intellectual implies not only having a high degree of understanding, but also a capacity and taste for the higher forms of knowledge:



    Source: Intelligent | Define Intelligent at Dictionary.com

    The people from that site are created by more than 1 person. So which source is better? :D

    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: 'intelligent' and 'intellectual'

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I remember my English teacher said - long ago, that we can't use 'intelligent' for animals.

    Instead, we have to say 'an intellectual dog'.



    Still, I'm confused with intelligent and intellectual. Is it really wrong to use intelligent with an animal?

    Also, is it same in meaning to say 'intelligent man' and 'intellectual man'?


    Thank you so much.


    P.S.: I've looked over some dictionaries but their explanation was too vague for me. ㅠㅜ. Sorry. ㅠㅜ
    I think you've remembered it the wrong way around. We don't use "intellectual" for animals, but we do use "intelligent".

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    Default Re: 'intelligent' and 'intellectual'

    Aha....... THANK YOU SO MUCH! YOU ARE RIGHT !!!!

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