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    by nature

    Can I use 'by character' for 'by nature'? Can I put 'by nature' at the beginning of a sentence as in "By nature, she is a quick to sympathize person."?

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    Re: by nature

    "Nature" is better than "character". I would use "her" before nature. I would also rearrange the ending:

    "By her nature, she is a person quick to sympathize."

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    Re: by nature

    If I was going to throw in a couple of more traits of character, how do I arrange the ending of the sentence "She's a calm, kind person quick to sympathize." or "She's a calm, kind and quick to sympathize peson."?
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    Re: by nature

    I would put that into a new sentence.

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    Re: by nature

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    If I was going to throw in a couple of more traits of character, how do I arrange the ending of the sentence "She's a calm, kind person quick to sympathize." or "She's a calm, kind and quick to sympathize peson."?
    I like "By nature, she is calm, kind, and quick to sympathise." It's not only by her nature; it's by nature in general. A list of her attributes is her nature. It can usually be taken for granted that she's a person.

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    Re: by nature

    I would put it simply as:

    By nature, she is a kind and sympathetic person.



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    Re: by nature

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    By nature, she is a kind and sympathetic person.
    That's simpler, but it leaves out 'calm'.

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    Re: by nature

    Yes, I purposely left it out.

    Calmness is an attribute slightly different than being kind and sympathetic. I would not bunch it together.

    Calmness is an inward quality. Being kind and sympathetic is an altruistic quality.

    Perhaps it can be mentioned in another sentence, or as another phrase.

    Sometimes an understated compliment can be more effective than an overstated hyperbole.


    Her demeanor is calm, and by nature she is a kind and sympathetic person.



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