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    Doubts about forms and vocabulary

    Hi everybody! I am giving English lessons to beginners and I have two questions:
    1. Is it correct to say: "My most positive quality is to be honest...", or it has to be: My most positive quality is that I am honest"
    1. Is it correct to say: "I am joker" to say that you are a person who enjoys making practical jokes, or says jokes or funny things to his/her friends...
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    Re: Doubts about forms and vocabulary

    Welcome to the forums, papirrines.

    1. 'My most positive quality is honesty.'

    1. 2. 'I am a joker.'

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    Re: Doubts about forms and vocabulary

    Hi Rover_KE, I thank you very much for answering so soon.
    The problem is that all the examples in the book use the second form...: "My most positive quality is that I am honest...", and I think it is because, in the book, the lesson is about clauses, and I understand that there is a clause in this sentence. What I really want to know is if the first sentence: My most positive quality is to be honest" is ok, and which of the two forms is more used...?
    And in the second question, I mean, is it common or o.k. to say "I am a joker"?, or what is the most common/commonest word or expression for expressing that idea?
    Thank you.
    Last edited by papirrines; 11-Oct-2013 at 03:07. Reason: I felt that my first reply was a little bit impolite...

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    Re: Doubts about forms and vocabulary

    Quote Originally Posted by papirrines View Post
    Hi Rover_KE, I thank you very much for answering so soon.
    The problem is that all the examples in the book use the second form...: "My most positive quality is that I am honest...", and I think it is because, in the book, the lesson is about clauses, and I understand that there is a clause in this sentence. What I really want to know is if the first sentence: My most positive quality is to be honest" is ok, and which of the two forms is more used...?
    And in the second question, I mean, is it common or o.k. to say "I am a joker"?, or what is the most common/commonest word or expression for expressing that idea?
    Thank you.
    If the point was to use clauses, then "My most positive quality is that I am honest" works. Your suggestion using "to be honest" does not use a clause. If a "clause" is not important, I would prefer "is being honest" to "to be honest".

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    Thank you so much Rover_KE and MikeNewYork!

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    Re: Doubts about forms and vocabulary

    Your appreciation is welcome, papirrines, but there is no need to write a new post to say thank you. Simply click the Like button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.



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