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    blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Situation takes place in a school between teacher and student

    "Teacher complimented her on her last physics paper."

    I would like to ask you which of the following is correct, idiomatic and in the same meaning as the original?

    1) "Teacher blandished her on her last physcis paper."

    2) "Teacher flattered her on her last physicss paper."

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Situation takes place in a school between teacher and student

    "Teacher complimented her on her last physics paper."

    I would like to ask you which of the following is correct, idiomatic and HAS the same meaning as the original?

    1) "Teacher blandished her on her last physcis paper."

    2) "Teacher flattered her on her last physicss paper."

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    I suppose you could use the second one.

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Blandished doesn't exist in modern English. You may occasionally see the related noun blandishments but it's very rare.

    The original sentence would be idiomatic if it began with The.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    They might be calling the person "Teacher".

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    #5

    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post

    2) "Teacher flattered her on her last physicss paper."
    That is not idiomatic, and it does not mean the same as the original.

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    #6

    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    The teacher congratulated her on (the quality/result of) her last physics paper.

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That is not idiomatic, and it does not mean the same as the original.
    What's difference between the original and flatter-use one?

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    #8

    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Usually, we say someone "flatters" someone to gain favor with the person. You flatter someone when they are more important than you or they can help you in some way.

    A "compliment" is just a straight-forward observation about something good.

    "Oh, what a pretty dress!" is a compliment.
    "Oh, that dress is amazing. You always dress so well. I tell everyone that I wish I had half your style." -- That's flattery.

    A teacher who says "Good job on that paper" is giving a student a compliment. Most teachers do not "flatter" their students.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    What's difference between the original and flatter-use one?

    Thank you.
    Ask ​What's the difference between the original and the one that uses "flatter"?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: blandish v. compliment v. flatter

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Usually, we say someone "flatters" someone to gain favor with the person. You flatter someone when they are more important than you or they can help you in some way.
    A teacher who says "Good job on that paper" is giving a student a compliment. Most teachers do not "flatter" their students.
    But the second meaning of flatter might fit here.

    Flatter: Make someone feel proud by praising them, or feeding their vanity (From Wordweb)

    Thank you.

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