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.)
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 04:43.