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    The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour, or, someone who is intelligent or happy. What’s the missing word?
    I would say "bright".
    My question: How many adjectives can work here?

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Brilliant.

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Hello, Freeguy.

    I don't know how native speakers see it, but I personally think the sentence ("The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour, or, someone who is intelligent or happy.") is of dubious quality. Is this a test question of some sort?

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Yes tzfujimino. Why did you find that dubious?

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    May I ask you since when "bright" means "strong"? I can imagine several sentences where these words are synonyms but they (sentences) are quite wishy-washy.

    I'd say "effulgent", but it doesn't mean "strong" at all.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Hello, Freeguy.

    Well, first, I don't like the use of 'both' in your sentence. I don't think it's correctly used.
    Second, I don't like the way the sentence is punctuated.
    (I mean no offense to you, Freeguy.)
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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Yes tzfujimino. Why did you find that dubious?
    It's a question to stump the most fluent native speaker, let alone ESL students.

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    I agree that questions like this are problematic. However, "bright" does seem to fit very well.

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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Well, first, I don't like the use of 'both' in your sentence. I don't think it's correctly used.
    "The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour, or, someone who is intelligent or happy."
    You're right. It should be:
    "The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour and someone who is intelligent or happy." OR
    "The adjective ___ means
    either a strong, light colour or someone who is intelligent or happy."
    "Bright" is the best answer, I'd say.



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    Re: The adjective ___ means both a strong, light colour

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    May I ask you since when "bright" means "strong"?
    "Bright colours are strong and easy to see"── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/bright Definition#4

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