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    sensible enough

    1 Donald Trump is sensible enough to not start a war on drugs.
    2 Donald Trump is sensible enough not to start a war on drugs.
    3 Because of his sensibility, Donald Trump will not start a war on drugs.
    4 Donald Trump will not start a war on drugs due to his sensibility.
    5 Donald Trump will not start a war on drugs because he's (a) sensible (man).

    Which ones are correct? I'm pretty sure that #5 is correct but feeling a bit unsure about the other options.

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    #2

    Re: sensible enough

    All five are grammatically correct, though some die-hards cling to the long-discredited rule that it's always best to not split infinitives.

    Number 2 and 5 are natural. 1 is possible but poor style. 3 and 4 are unnatural.
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    #3

    Re: sensible enough

    You probably mean 'sense' rather than 'sensibility' in the third and fourth sentences.

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    #4

    Re: sensible enough

    @Piscean
    Yes, you're right. I looked it up in a German-English dictionary. I didn't know that sensibility means the same as sensitivity.
    So, I guess sentences #3 and #4 would be correct if I used "sense"?

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    #5

    Re: sensible enough

    Quote Originally Posted by krisfromgermany View Post
    I didn't know that sensibility means the same as sensitivity.
    It doesn't.
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    #6

    Re: sensible enough

    dict.cc, which I often use, says it does but maybe they're wrong. I don't know. I always thought that "sensibility" means something like "common sense" and "sensitivity" means something like "being a precious snowflake". Now I'm a bit confused.
    http://www.dict.cc/?s=sensibility
    http://www.dict.cc/?s=sensitivity
    Last edited by krisfromgermany; 25-Dec-2016 at 17:34.

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    #7

    Re: sensible enough

    Being a precious snowflake is a modern, disparaging way to describe someone you perceive as oversensitive. Sensitivity by itself is not pejorative. It means tending to respond to something. I am lactose-intolerant, meaning that I have a sensitivity to milk sugar. (Luckily for me, a tablet can provide the lactase enzyme my body doesn't produce, though that's neither here nor there.)

    Photographic film darkens when exposed to light; it has a sensitivity to it.

    Your understanding of sensibility is correct.

    Hmm, sensibility, sense -- someone could write a novel about these traits.
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    #8

    Re: sensible enough

    Kris, after getting a translation, check with English-only dictionaries.

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    #9

    Re: sensible enough

    If you do read Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, note that sensibility has changed its meaning since she wrote it.
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