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    #1

    "Mountains enjoy.."

    Hello :)

    I was in a translation class and the teacher asked us to translate the following:
    تتميز الجبال بطبيعة خلابة
    Which means
    Mountains enjoy a splendid nature.

    However, the teacher informed me that using "enjoy" is not right in this context and recommended using "have." I don't quite sense that there is anything wrong with the word "enjoy." Can you please advise? :)

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    Bassma
    Last edited by stifled chortles; 29-Jan-2015 at 10:56.

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    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    Welcome to the forums, stifled chortles. I don't read Arabic but I can say that "Mountains enjoy a splendid nature." is not a meaningful English sentence.

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    #3

    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    Your teacher is wrong too. "Mountains have a splendid nature" is not grammatically correct. Mountains might have specific characteristics (crags, steep slopes etc) but they are a part of nature.

    "Mountains are/look splendid."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    People can enjoy but mountains cannot enjoy.
    People can have or own things, but not mountains.

    You can say:
    Mountains, as part of nature, are splendid/beautiful/majestic/awesome etc.

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    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    'The hotel enjoys a magnificent view of the harbour.'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d.../british/enjoy
    Why can a hotel enjoy something but mountains cannot?
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    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'The hotel enjoys a magnificent view of the harbour.'── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d.../british/enjoy
    Why can a hotel enjoy something but mountains cannot?
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    That is called personification, one of the figures of speech. It is used to describe buildings but it is uncommon to be used for things like the landscape.

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    #8

    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    From above "[transitive] formal to have something as a benefit or advantage"
    It's still not a natural sentence. Not all mountains enjoy a splendid nature. Some are just areas of ground higher than other areas of ground.

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    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    May I say that it is uncommon and unnatural but not ungrammatical to say 'mountains enjoy something'?
    Is it grammatical to say 'The hill enjoys fertile soil'?

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    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 30-Jan-2015 at 11:52.

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    #10

    Re: "Mountains enjoy.."

    Yes, that's right.

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