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    #1

    Sentence and Vocabualry

    Is the following sentence correct and clear in meaning?

    I am a hard person and can do the library job very well.

    Although the sentence is correct in grammar, it seems to be unclear in meaning.
    In fact, it sounds awkward to me. Yes, the word "hard" could mean "performing
    with great persistence." But we use the word in this sense mostly in the sentence
    like "He is a hard worker." The phrase "a hard person" would immediately give me
    an impression that he or she is difficult to please or get along with. And, to me
    "a hard person" could also mean that he or she is too calculating to deal with.
    In a word, it is difficult for me to associate a hard person with a hard-working person.

    Thanks a lot.

    Peter Chung

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    Re: Sentence and Vocabualry

    If you are hard-working why not say so?

    The first thing I think of when I hear a hard man is a tough guy, showing no signs of weakness - a quality necessary for a mercenary, say, rather than for a librarian.

    As your question is about I am a hard person, that should have been your title. I have told you this before.

    Rover

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    Re: Sentence and Vocabualry

    Thank you, Rover. Now I know how to write the title.

    Peter Chung

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