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    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?

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    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

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    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

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

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

    :)
    Right. :)


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    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".


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    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?

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    Johnnie Depp rather than Bruce Willis.

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