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    surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Is it true that the following adjectives can't be used for a person?
    I've heard of them, but my grammar books says it's impossble, I'm confused.

    ex)He is (surprising, exciting, pleasing, dangerous)(X)

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    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Is it true that the following adjectives can't be used for a person?
    I've heard of them, but my grammar books says it's impossble, I'm confused.

    ex)He is (surprising, exciting, pleasing, dangerous)(X)
    What exactly does your grammar book say?

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    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    What exactly does your grammar book say?
    surprising, exciting, pleasing can't be used for persons.

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    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    surprising, exciting, pleasing can't be used for persons.
    Why not?

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    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Why not?
    Are you sure? Can you show me some examples?

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    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    She was both an exciting and surprising person to be around and her pleasing personality surprised and excited even the most dour people she met.
    But the grammar book seemed to have meant like this.
    "She was both exciting and surprising,and she was pleasing as well." Your example doesn't describe "she" directly but nouns, so I wonder if my example works.

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    #7

    Re: surprising, exciting, pleasing??

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    She was exciting.
    She was surprising.
    She was pleasing.

    How do the terms above not describe her? What do you mean by "...doesn't describe "she" directly but nouns...".
    I thought the adjectives can be placed before nouns to describe persons, but as you said,they seem to be possible, so I think my grammar book is imperfect. Thanks a lot for your help!

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