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    the beautiful

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I don't want to remember all of my past. I want to forget the ugly and remember only the beautiful.
    2-I don't want to remember all of my past. I would like to be able to take out the ugly out of my memories and keep the beautiful.

    Aren't "the ugly" and "the beautiful" too abstract and general to be used in a context where one is talking about one's own personal memories only?

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    Re: the beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Are these sentences correct:

    1-I don't want to remember all of my past. I want to forget the ugly and remember only the beautiful.
    2-I don't want to remember all of my past. I would like to be able to take out the ugly out of my memories and keep the beautiful.

    Aren't "the ugly" and "the beautiful" too abstract and general to be used in a context where one is talking about one's own personal memories only?
    Absolutely not. Your number 1 sounds literary, maybe F. Scott Fitzgerald. It's not only correct, it shows real mastery of the language.

    Number 2 is awkward, unidiomatic.

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