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    Asking about the use of some English phrases

    Hi everyone!
    I'm a student from VietNam
    I have some questions about words and phrases:
    genius
    what is the meaning and the use of these 2 phrases:
    - to be a stroke of genius (ex: Her idea was a troke of genius - Oxford dictionary 8th edition)
    - to be of + subject + genius (ex: a states man of genius - Oxford dictionary 8th edition)

    and please tell me if I have applied the right structure in this sentece:
    The boyis concern (to be) of mathematical genius
    I'm really grateful if anyone can help me.
    Thank you
    Triet96
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    Re: Asking about the use of some English phrases

    A stroke of genius is some concept that is really really intelligent. The "a stroke" part basically means "an action".

    For someone to be "of genius" is to have lots of intelligence. "Of genius" would describe a person possessing "genius", lots of intelligence.

    So I guess you could also say that "a stroke of genius" is an action possessing genius.

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    Re: Asking about the use of some English phrases

    Thanks. I didn't know to get an answer this fast.
    However, it still baffles me whether I can use the phrase "of ...genius" right after the To be verb. In addition, I feel dubious about how that phrase should stay in a sentence. So it would be very nice if you can come up with some examples.
    And I've got another question:
    Is "inspiring" and "inspirational" different? I thought their meanings are quite close. Are they exchangeable in most situations?
    Thank you

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    Re: Asking about the use of some English phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by triet96 View Post
    Hi everyone!
    I'm a student from Vietnam and I have some questions about words and phrases:

    1) genius
    What is the meaning and the use of these 2 phrases?
    - to be a stroke of genius (ex: Her idea was a stroke of genius - Oxford dictionary 8th edition)
    Are you sure the dictionary actually says "to be a stroke of genius"? The phrase "a stroke of genius" is used a lot but only to refer to an action or an idea, as in their example, or "Wow, that was a stroke of genius".

    - to be of + subject + genius (ex: a states man of genius - Oxford dictionary 8th edition)
    Should that read "a statesman"? If not, it doesn't make any sense.

    and Also, please tell me if I have applied the right structure in this sentence:

    The boy is concern (to be) of mathematical genius
    No. I think perhaps you mean "The boy is considered to be a mathematical genius".

    I'm
    I would be really grateful if anyone can could help me. Thank you.
    Triet96
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    Re: Asking about the use of some English phrases

    Thank you so much. I'm really sorry I haven't replied sooner as I was on vacation.
    I'm really grateful that you not only answer my questions clearly but also correct my writing! I couldn't expect a better answer. Thank you so much.
    By the way, I want to ask about the use of the phrase "as such". How should it be placed in a sentece and what does it mean?

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    Re: Asking about the use of some English phrases

    By the way, I want to ask about the use of the phrase "as such".
    Please ask unrelated questions like this in a separate thread, with a helpful title — such as As such.

    Rover

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