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    cheap (person)

    Dear teachers,

    The word cheap (person) bears a negative meaning. Could you please kindly explain are there any positive words that bear the same meaning?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Jiang

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    Re: cheap (person)

    If you mean a person who is cheap in the sense of being parsimonious, miserly, or tight with their money, as in a cheapskate, then the word thrifty answers your question in my opinion.

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    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Jul-2012 at 08:22.

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Dear Barb_D,

    I think the phrase is cheap person.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post

    I think the phrase is cheap person.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    In that case, RoverKE just answered your question perfectly above.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Hello.
    Please let me ask a question here.
    Does 'cheap' collocate with 'person'?

    "He is a very cheap person."
    I've never read/heard a sentence like this.

    I do know "Don't be so cheap (- meaning 'stingy' or 'mean'." is OK, but I don't think "Don't be such a cheap person." would work. Oh...hang on....It could work if the 'cheap' is used in the sense of 'having a low status' or 'not deserving respect'. Am I correct?

    (Edit) collocates...
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 08-Jul-2012 at 14:45.

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.
    Please let me ask a question here.
    Does 'cheap' collocates with 'person'?

    "He is a very cheap person."
    I've never read/heard a sentence like this.

    I do know "Don't be so cheap (- meaning 'stingy' or 'mean'." is OK, but I don't think "Don't be such a cheap person." would work. Oh...hang on....It could work if the 'cheap' is used in the sense of 'having a low status' or 'not deserving respect'. Am I correct?
    No, it doesn't work with "low status" or "not deserving respect". Although we don't often actually say "Don't be such a cheap person", that is what is meant by "Don't be so cheap". It's just a shorter (and more natural) way of saying it. If someone said "Don't be such a cheap person", it would still mean "Don't be so stingy". I think it sounds unnatural because of the use of the word "person". We rarely use constructions with "person" like that.

    - Don't be such a nasty person. (Unnatural)
    - Dont be so nasty. (Natural)

    - Don't be such a mean person. (Unnatural)
    - Don't be so mean. (Natural)

    What you might hear after "cheap" would be another negative word, such as "b*stard" or "git". "Don't be such a cheap git" would not sound unnatural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Does the following seem negative to you? I think it's neutral, so maybe it could be used as a polite version of "He's cheap".

    He's just careful with the money.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: cheap (person)

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Does the following seem negative to you? I think it's neutral, so maybe it could be used as a polite version of "He's cheap".

    He's just careful with the money.
    I don't think they're the same thing though. I'm careful with money (ie I don't waste it on unnecessary things) but I'm not cheap (I spend money on things that are worth it and my friends say I'm generous).
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    Re: cheap (person)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think they're the same thing though. I'm careful with money (ie I don't waste it on unnecessary things) but I'm not cheap (I spend money on things that are worth it and my friends say I'm generous).
    My friends friend accquaintance sole-remaining-contact-among-those-I-used-to-know says that I am careful with money. I don't think it's meant as a compliment.

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