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    thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    I experience confusions with the use of verbs thrive, prosper and flourish. I would like to try to understand them via a few examples.

    "The new student is prospering." What can this sentence mean in an expanded and clear manner? This is the original and can we say instead

    1) The new student is thriving.

    2) The new student is flourishing.

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Number 1 should say The new student is thriving. It means the same thing as number 2. To prosper means "to get rich". It's not equivalent to the other two.
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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 1 should say The new student is thriving. It means the same thing as number 2. To prosper means "to get rich". It's not equivalent to the other two.
    You are probably wrong because prosper do not only mean to get rich. Here is an example: To be successful (from American Heritage Dictionary) and "To do well; to succeed (from Chambers Concise Usage Dictionary)

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Prosper can mean "to do well" and "to be successful" when those phrases mean to get rich.
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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    You are probably wrong because prosper do not only mean to get rich. Here is an example: To be successful (from American Heritage Dictionary) and "To do well; to succeed (from Chambers Concise Usage Dictionary)
    You can't take a dictionary definition out of context and conclude that a native speaker is wrong.

    'Prosper' means 'to do well' and when used for people it means to do well in a material or financial sense.
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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    You can't take a dictionary definition out of context and conclude that a native speaker is wrong.

    'Prosper' means 'to do well' and when used for people it means to do well in a material or financial sense.
    I said "probably" and I do not know whose native is English here. I used the example of "student is prospering" as a context and then checked whether or not the definitions fit for it.

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Here is an example: To be successful (from American Heritage Dictionary) and "To do well; to succeed (from Chambers Concise Usage Dictionary)

    Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Prosper can mean "to do well" and "to be successful" when those phrases mean to get rich.
    How can these phrases refer to "getting rich" . There are no words about finance or money there ?

    How can "to get rich" be related to a student?

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    I said "probably" and I do not know whose native is English here.
    If you click on 'Member Info' under a member's name, you will see their native language. I know from this that yours is Turkish.

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    How can these phrases refer to "getting rich" . There are no words about finance or money there ?

    How can "to get rich" be related to a student?
    The word 'prosper' contains within itself the idea of doing well financially.

    If a student is prospering, he is somehow successful financially. If he isn't, you've used the wrong word.

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    Re: thrive v. prosper v. flourish

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    How can "to get rich" be related to a student?
    When I was a student, I received a letter from a friend who was a second-year student at a different college. He wrote that one of his hall-mates from the first year had dropped out because he was making so much money selling software for the "microcomputers" which had recently hit the market. He named his company with a word derived from microcomputer and software.

    The dropout prospered and has never expressed any regrets about quitting Harvard after only one year. Can you guess who he was?
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