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    to usage II

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-He is not smart to make that mistake.
    (If he made that mistake, then he is not smart.)

    2-He is not a smart man to make that mistake.
    (If he made that mistake, then he is not a smart man.)

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    Re: to usage II

    Number 2 is perfect.

    Number 1 seems awkward and somewhat unclear. It almost seems to admit the possibility that he knows or ought to know he is making a mistake, and not smart is being used as a poor synonym for unwise or imprudent.
    Last edited by probus; 10-Mar-2011 at 05:43.

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