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    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    I wans't interested in young girls, but how could I find a mature_________ woman to share my life?

    a. lovable b. loving c. lovely

    The key is 'b'. Could you please explain the meaning of each , I mean 'a', 'b' and 'c'? I have consulted my dictionary but find all are correct. The three words are quite confusing.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Lovable is used to describe someone who is inoffensive. 'A loveable rascal' or a 'loveable rogue'. Adorable could also be used.

    Loving is used to describe someone who is sweet natured and attentive to another. 'A loving husband and father'

    Lovely means good looking or perhaps beautiful, but can also be used to describe a persons temperament. 'She is such a lovely person' - meaning she is likeable and unselfish.

    So 'loving' is most appropriate in your case. You could of course look for a beautiful, adoring, loving woman, however they are quite hard to find!

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    I wans't interested in young girls, but how could I find a mature_________ woman to share my life?

    a. lovable b. loving c. lovely

    The key is 'b'. Could you please explain the meaning of each , I mean 'a', 'b' and 'c'? I have consulted my dictionary but find all are correct. The three words are quite confusing.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    As far as I am concerned, all three answers are correct.

    lovable: having characteristics that attract love or affection
    loving: affectionate, giving/showing love
    lovely: beautiful, attractive

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Which would you prefer? and should faithful be in there somewhere.

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Hi,

    Thank you very mcuh for your explanation. Do you mean 'loving' is the only possible answer?

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Lovable is used to describe someone who is inoffensive. 'A loveable rascal' or a 'loveable rogue'. Adorable could also be used.

    Loving is used to describe someone who is sweet natured and attentive to another. 'A loving husband and father'

    Lovely means good looking or perhaps beautiful, but can also be used to describe a persons temperament. 'She is such a lovely person' - meaning she is likeable and unselfish.

    So 'loving' is most appropriate in your case. You could of course look for a beautiful, adoring, loving woman, however they are quite hard to find!

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    If you can only choose one then loving is the most appropriate characteristic in my opinion

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Hi,
    When I can't see the difference I asked the question because I think all are correct.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    Which would you prefer? and should faithful be in there somewhere.

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    This is too bad because both you and Mike are native speakers but you give me different answers. What should I do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    If you can only choose one then loving is the most appropriate characteristic in my opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    This is too bad because both you and Mike are native speakers but you give me different answers. What should I do?

    Jiang
    I fear that curmudgeon is selecting the quality that is most important to him. This is an English question, not a matchmaking site. That said, we natives sometimes disagree.

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    Default Re: lovable, lovely, loving

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I see.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I fear that curmudgeon is selecting the quality that is most important to him. This is an English question, not a matchmaking site. That said, we natives sometimes disagree.

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