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    Confidence and Confident

    Hi, I wrote an emil earlier this morning and I got confused between:

    "teaching gives me confident"
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    "teaching gives me confidence"

    Which one of the above is more accurate and why?

    Thanks,

    Amalik

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    #2

    Re: Confidence and Confident

    'Gives me confidence' and 'makes me confident' should be grammatical.

    Not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Confidence and Confident

    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    Context?

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    #4

    Re: Confidence and Confident

    Whatever the context "gives me confident" is incorrect.

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    Re: Confidence and Confident

    There's no mystery: 'confident' is an adjective and 'confidence' is a noun. I know some students think they can get by without knowing about word classes (or 'parts of speech' as we used to call them), but they're wrong.

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    Last edited by BobK; 01-Aug-2014 at 11:48. Reason: Typo

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    Re: Confidence and Confident

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    There's no mystery: 'confident' is an adjective and 'confidence' is a noun.
    Hello b—and I hope you are OK.

    Couldn't you please supply us a meaningful utterance in which the word confident in gives me confident can be followed by a noun?

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    #7

    Re: Confidence and Confident

    Odessa Dawn gave me a confident smile.

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    #8

    Re: Confidence and Confident

    That example's fine, as long as you remember that a confident smile is an indicator of (perhaps misplaced ) confidence. The smiler feels confident. A confident smile isn't one that induces confidence (not necessarily anyway - there's a 'virtuous circle' whereby a student, seeing the teacher's confident smile in their ability, feels confident).

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