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    #1

    as daughters go

    Could you please help me rephrase the sentence: She is a good daughter as daughters go.
    Can I put it like this: She behaves just like a typical (good) daughter?
    Or is it more like "She is not the worst example of a daughter'?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: as daughters go

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Or is it more like "She is not the worst example of a daughter'?
    That's close. I wouldn't try to get any closer.

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    Re: as daughters go

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    She is a good daughter as daughters go.

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    Hello, Englishhobby:

    I just wanted to share my opinion that maybe that kind of sentence should be avoided, for (in my opinion) it could be considered rather insulting.


    Let's say that you are one of the few people who still get a newspaper delivered to your home each day.

    Suppose on Christmas Day, you give a gift to the newspaper delivery person and say, "You are a good delivery person as delivery persons go."

    I would interpret that sentence something like this:

    "Many delivery persons do not do a good job.
    Sometimes they arrive late.
    Sometimes they throw the paper where I cannot find it.
    Sometimes they forget to deliver the paper.
    If I compare you with many other deliverers, you are not TOO bad! You arrived late only once this year; you threw the paper on the roof only twice this year; and you DID deliver the paper every day this year."
    Last edited by TheParser; 28-Aug-2016 at 13:42.

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    Re: as daughters go

    Daughters aren't that good, but she's one of the better examples.

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