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    Practise Niceness

    If I forcefully use the "do something regularly" sense of the verb "practise" (ignore the spelling variations), is it acceptable to write:

    "She always practises niceness."

    in the spirit of:

    "She always practises good manners."

    even though "niceness" is a state/quality, and "manners" is an activity?

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    Re: Practise Niceness

    It's very unnatural. That's not to say that "niceness" isn't an adequate word. It's OK but it's not that commonly used. In addition, we wouldn't tend to say "She practises good manners". We would say "She is very well-mannered".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Practise Niceness

    So, these are just as bad?

    "She practises generosity."
    "She practises selflessness."

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    Re: Practise Niceness

    I didn't say they were bad. They're just rather unnatural.

    She is [very] generous.
    She is [very] selfless.
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    Re: Practise Niceness

    So, this would be unnatural?

    "What wonderful pleasures I have found when I have practiced selflessness. Putting others before self."

    ( books.google.com/books?id=4LQ-FXwFR7sC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=%22practiced+selfless ness%22&source=bl&ots=nz_MP26NMo&sig=JC5fjH-pYKNFLZkY4JmfCv_dVxg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=chCQUbi1D6GFiAL l6IHwBQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22practiced%2 0selflessness%22&f=false )

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    Re: Practise Niceness

    Quote Originally Posted by hains View Post
    So, this would be unnatural?

    "What wonderful pleasures I have found when I have practiced selflessness. Putting others before self."

    ( books.google.com/books?id=4LQ-FXwFR7sC&pg=PA45&lpg=PA45&dq=%22practiced+selfless ness%22&source=bl&ots=nz_MP26NMo&sig=JC5fjH-pYKNFLZkY4JmfCv_dVxg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=chCQUbi1D6GFiAL l6IHwBQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22practiced%2 0selflessness%22&f=false )
    If that is how the writer chooses, to write it, then fine. Personally, i would have written "What wonderful pleasure I have found when I have been selfless".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Practise Niceness

    It's the pest again.

    Thread closed.

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