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    a giving personality

    Could you name a one-word synonym for the word giving? Is it generous? He is a (generous? ........... ) person.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: a giving personality

    Scroll down to "big-hearted" (adjective) for some suggestions.

    http://thesaurus.com/browse/giving
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a giving personality

    How about 'bounteous'? See http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...lish/bounteous

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    Re: a giving personality

    To me, 'bounteous' doesn't work for people. What's wrong with just "He is a giving person"? 'Generous' is also OK.

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    #5

    Re: a giving personality

    Do you mean 'a bounteous person' doesn't make sense?

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    Re: a giving personality

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    To me, 'bounteous' doesn't work for people. What's wrong with just "He is a giving person"? 'Generous' is also OK.
    There is nothing wrong with it. I am just making an exercise for my students and I need a synonym.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: a giving personality

    It can make sense in the right context. But it sounds literary. It's not colloquial.
    "... the warm, the comfortable house; and, lastly, a fair portion of that bounteous mother, whose flowing breasts yield redundant sustenance for all her numerous offspring ..." (The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling by Fielding, Henry)
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bounteous
    'Bounteous' tends to mean unconsciously giving, as in the above example from the 1700s.
    But some use it, as I see from Google; the first page seems to be mainly by non-native writers. But here's an example from Twitter.
    .;/@justinbieber - your a very bounteous person but to me u you've been acting mysterious lately do u agree?be the most EPIC person....ans

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    Re: a giving personality

    'Lavish' can also mean 'generous' but I don't know whether it can be used before nouns, see http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/lavish_1 Definition#2

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    Re: a giving personality

    "Lavish" isn't normally used for persons either.
    If a couple puts on a lavish, bounteous dinner for friends, you could describe them as bounteous and lavish. But you'd normally use the terms for the dinner, not the people.
    The dictionary you quote has this:
    "He was always lavish in his praise of my efforts." Even though this says "He was always lavish" from which one could infer that "He is a lavish person", this is an illusion, a misreading. It is his praise which is lavish. He acted lavishly in his praise. In other aspects of life, he may be niggardly.

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