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    Question Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me if there's any informal/formal adjective used for such a person? The adjective refers to a person who always pays his debts back by the time they were supposed to. (This may not be a repetitive action or else!!! )

    And, is there any more general adjective referring to a person who's reliable and gives you back what they'be borrowed from you on the time agreed on before? (Contrary to those who'd either forget it, or give you back the thing but in a form you didn't expect, say, by damaging it, or missing a part or so on.)



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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Regarding credit history, in spoken AmE we usually say 'perfect', 'good' or 'bad'. People with perfect credit often like to use the actual credit rating system's designation of 'AAA' (read as 'triple A') to describe their credit.

    'I have perfect credit' or 'I have AAA credit.'

    For your second question, I think your adjective 'reliable' is a good one to describe it, or just a short sentence stating that they pay back quickly.

    A: I just lent XX $100, and now I wonder if I shouldn't have.
    B: Don't worry, XX is always good about paying back money.

    In AmE, 'reliable' is very commonly described in the phrase 'XX is always good about ...', like in:

    'My son is always good about doing his homework without being told.' (I never have to tell him, he always does it himself)
    'The landlord is always good about making repairs.' (The landlord reliably fixes broken things, broken things get fixed quickly)


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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Such a great help. Thanks! Just, about the first one, then isn't there any one-word adjective (without 'credit') describing such a person? I thought the word 'credit' might not be that commonly used in every-day English, among close friends or so.


    Thank you so much for the reply!

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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Such a great help. Thanks! Just, about the first one, then isn't there any one-word adjective (without 'credit') describing such a person? I thought the word 'credit' might not be that commonly used in every-day English, among close friends or so.


    Thank you so much for the reply!
    "Creditworthy", but I've not heard this used regularly in everyday AmE, only by credit companies. We tend to just say the whole sentence 'I have perfect/good/bad credit.' or even 'I have a perfect/good/bad credit history.' These two ways are extremely common to hear and say.


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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    In BrE, we say that someone has a "good/bad credit rating" or that they are a "good/bad credit risk". I don't know of a phrase that doesn't include the word "credit".

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    Thanks to you both! So helpful!

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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    I'd just like to add that actually "good/poor" is more common than "good/bad" in BrE. I thought it sounded a bit wrong when I typed it but I couldn't work out why.

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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Informally, not talking about credit ratings (just saying 's/he'll pay something back), we say 'good for': 'He's good for the loan'.

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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Informally, not talking about credit ratings (just saying 's/he'll pay something back), we say 'good for': 'He's good for the loan'.

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    Hey Bob, lend me a tenner. You know I'm good for it.

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    Default Re: Any adjective for a person who has a good credit history, please?

    Good example! - Mine felt a bit strait-laced.

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