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    Flatter

    I know the English word flatter is a transitive one.

    He is flattering.
    I am flattered.

    Are my sentences correct? There is no object!
    Please tell me.

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    Re: Flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    I know the English word flatter is a transitive one.

    He is flattering (someone).
    I am flattered. OK

    Are my sentences correct? There is no object!
    Please tell me.
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    Re: Flatter

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I feel I might be opening a can of worms.

    Please note that the English words that are transitive/intransitive are verbs.
    In your second example you used the "flattered" as past participle. While it technically speaking is a verb it plays a role similar to adjective and adverbs and doesn't take objects. To be flattered means to be pleased because somebody has said something or done something that made you feel important or special.

    flattering can be used as present participle which also doesn't take an object.
    You might say:
    His interest was flattering.
    This is flattering.

    In your

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    Re: Flatter

    I suspect that by 'He is flattering' the OP may be trying to convey the idea 'He is the sort of person who flatters people'. In that case, 'flatttering' wouldn't work without an object - as Bill said.

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    Re: Flatter

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    As I said a can of worms.
    I hope I didn't make the impression that I disagree with billmcd.

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    Re: Flatter

    He is flattering me = He is saying nice things about me. (Flattering = verb)
    That dress is very flattering on you = That dress is good for your figure, it looks nice on your shape, it makes you look attractive. (Flattering = adjective)

    The dress is flattering.
    The man is flattering.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Flatter

    If you wish to describe the man as someone who flatters others, you can use "flatterer".

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    Re: Flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    flattering can be used as present participle which also doesn't take an object.
    You might say:
    His interest was flattering.
    This is flattering.
    I agree.

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    Re: Flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I agree.
    He/she is flattering.

    They are flattering.
    So the above sentences are incorrect.



    He/she is flattered. [right]
    They are flattered. []right]

    The following are correct ones
    He/she is flattering other people/his friends.

    They are flattering other people/their friends.

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    Re: Flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tina3 View Post
    He/she is flattering.

    They are flattering.
    So the above sentences are incorrect.



    He/she is flattered. [right]
    They are flattered. []right]

    The following are correct ones
    He/she is flattering other people/his friends.

    They are flattering other people/their friends.
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    1 He/she is flattering. [wrong]
    2 They are flattering. [wrong]

    Are the following correct?
    He/she is flattering other people/his friends.

    They are flattering other people/their friends.

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