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    Are these sentences correct:
    1-You were angry to speak to him like that.
    2-It was angry of you to speak to him like that.

    3-You were shy to stay in a corner and not mingle with people.
    4-It was shy of you to stay in a corner and not mingle with people.

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    Default Re: angry/shy

    Commentary.

    1-You were angry to speak to him like that.
    2-It was angry of you to speak to him like that.
    That is not a normal construction. Preferable would be "It was rude of you...."


    3-You were shy to stay in a corner and not mingle with people.
    4-It was shy of you to stay in a corner and not mingle with people.
    That is not a normal construction. Preferable would be "It was impolite of you...."

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    3-You were shy staying in a corner and not mingling with people.

    That's sounds OK to me, what about you, Ron?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
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    3-You were shy staying in a corner and not mingling with people.

    That's sounds OK to me, what about you, Ron?
    Perhaps acting shy or feeling shy.

    8)

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    Hope I'm not intruding ... but the Irish in me says that 'it was shy of you to stay in 'the' corner' sounds like something my aged aunts might say.

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    You're right- it does sound right. )

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    Default Re: angry/shy

    Thanks RonBee, TDOL and Lib.

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    As ever, you're more than welcome.

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