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    Here's a tricky one... Nature of, character of...

    Hi! This is a bit tricky, but I'm sure somebody will know:

    Can you say: "Her nature of being nasty didn't impress me" or "her character of being cruel wasn't welcomed at the school"?



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    Re: Here's a tricky one... Nature of, character of...

    Hello PW

    You can say them, and you're likely to be understood; but I'm not sure they're altogether idiomatic. So they may sound a little odd to many native speakers.

    In the phrases "nature of X" and "character of Y", it's more usual for X and Y to be the person or thing whose nature or character it is.

    In your sentences, however, X and Y refer to the qualities themselves.

    Why not use the more customary forms: "her nasty nature" and "her cruel character"?

    All the best,

    MrP

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