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    Question "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    Some text books say the adjective "convenient" cannot have a human subject.

    Bad: Call me when you are convenient.
    Good: Call me when it is convenient for you.

    I can understand the above. However, I think "convenient" can have a human subject in a different meaning.

    For example, "You are convenient for me." I think this sentence means "You are helpful to me."

    "She is convenient." Is this not gramatically correct?

    Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    Well, in the first sentence the adjective is referring to a human. It's not correct. You can't use convenient with humans. But, in the second, you're saying that the situation is convenient, and the adjective is referring to the situation.
    For example.. When you be free, call me. You isn't convenient, the situation is.


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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    You can use the word convenient to refer to a human, but it is demeaning and insulting. If you say that a woman is convenient, you mean that she is readily available for sex without emotional attachment.

    A convenient person is someone you can take advantage of unfairly without any feelings of guilt or remorse. That is, you are using them as a convenience.

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    I couldn't have said that better, mykwyner!

    That "lack of remorse for using that person" is what I was struggling to come up with. Nicely done!

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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    I agree with mykwyner and Barb D. The moment I read "she is convenient" I thought of a quote I read earlier today, in connection with a current political scandal here: 'Charlie Sheen said it best, "I don't pay women to have sex with me. I pay them to leave when I'm done."'

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    Smile Thnak you all!!

    Thank you, thank you very much!

    I have understood it.

    When I refer to the situation, I should say "It is convenient." However, though it is demeaning and insulting, "She is convenient." is grammatically correct.

    My text book also says "necessary" cannot have a human subject. But now I think "You are necessary." is grammatically correct, too. Isn't it?

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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    I think that convenient can be used for a person, and without the sexual meaning others have referred to.
    One of the meanings of convenient is 'being near at hand, close'. Since the initial post said 'She is convenient.', I'll stick with "She".

    "She" is a seamstress, a woman who repairs and alters clothes. Her shop is very close to you and her work is excellent and is promptly done. You recommend her to a neighbour, saying 'I use her services a lot. Her work is very good and she is very convenient.'
    Perhaps some may say I am describing a situation but I wouldn't agree. I am describing the lady. She is convenient. (= close, and therefore easy to do business with)

    "You are necessary." is not only grammatically correct but is also logically correct.
    Last edited by 2006; 12-Jul-2007 at 16:52. Reason: to correct a spelling error

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    Smile Thank you, 2006!

    The story is very helpful for me to understand the situation. I can make sure again that "convenient" can be used for a person and that the meaning is not sexual in some cases. Thank you for mentioning "necessary," too.

    I use English grammar text book published in Japan and the wording was confusing in this case. It should say that when you want to say "It is convenient for her." you cannot say "She is convenient." because they have different meaning. However, it says that the adjective "convenient" cannot have a person as subject as if "convenient" could not have a person in any cases.

    I first asked a question here and have found this site members are very kind and responsive.

    I hope this site will be thriving!!
    Last edited by Oni Momotaro; 12-Jul-2007 at 16:35.

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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    You can use the word convenient to refer to a human, but it is demeaning and insulting. If you say that a woman is convenient, you mean that she is readily available for sex without emotional attachment.

    A convenient person is someone you can take advantage of unfairly without any feelings of guilt or remorse. That is, you are using them as a convenience.
    I'd add patronizing.

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    Default Re: "She is convenient." Is this sentence correct?

    Thank you for additional confirmation, BobK.

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