Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    jiang is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    2,671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default beautiful and handsome

    Dear Teachers,

    In a film a person said ' He is beautiful'. I used to think beautiful is used to describe a female and handsome is used to describe male as well as female. Why beautiful is used here?

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

  2. #2
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,401
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0

  3. #3
    jiang is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Posts
    2,671
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Thank you for your explanation. You said ' A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine'. Then do you think a woman would like to be describe as 'handsome'? I imagine it is not a good thing for a woman to be of maculine.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0

  4. #4
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,570
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Never tell a woman she is handsome. Women want you to tell them they are pretty.

    :)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    135
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Never tell a woman she is handsome. Women want you to tell them they are pretty.

    :)
    Right. :)

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    135
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: beautiful and handsome

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang
    Dear Teachers,

    In a film a person said ' He is beautiful'. I used to think beautiful is used to describe a female and handsome is used to describe male as well as female. Why beautiful is used here?

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

    Hi jiang,

    In a flim I saw, one character said to the other character that "I am not a criminal look I am wearning a suit".

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    135
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0

    Title: Handsome Women
    Author: Wall, Judith H.
    Description: 546pp of novel about 2 sisters of a military family. a West Point wedding beneath crossed sabres. promising cadets, sensitive Captain, a widower. a completely compelling story.


    http://www.meghanhickey.com/Portfoli.../handsome.html


    What type of man is called beautiful man?

  8. #8
    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan
    Join Date
    Nov 2002
    Posts
    43,401
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Johnnie Depp rather than Bruce Willis.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •