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    Smile Stick to goodness

    We have a idiom in Chinese, and it indicates that someone is very stuborn in sticking to the good things. Does it make sense to you to say "He sticks to goodness?" Thanks.


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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    We have a idiom in Chinese, and it indicates that someone is very stuborn in sticking to the good things. Does it make sense to you to say "He sticks to goodness?" Thanks.
    Not really, although if you gave me a context through a more complex sentence perhaps it would be better. By itself it doesn't mean much to me.

    We have a somewhat light idiom for a person who always does the right thing and is never bad. We call him/her a "goody two-shoes".

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    Re: Stick to goodness

    And what does it mean to you to be called a "goody-goody", N


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    Re: Stick to goodness

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    And what does it mean to you to be called a "goody-goody", N
    Very similar to goody two-shoes, A prudish, self-righteous individual.

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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Thanks, my helpful friends.
    The following are really close to our counterpart, but do they sound right to you?

    He is stubbornly unyielding to virtues/goodness.

    He is very tenacious to virtues/goodness.


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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, my helpful friends.
    The following are really close to our counterpart, but do they sound right to you?

    He is stubbornly unyielding to virtues/goodness.

    He is very tenacious to virtues/goodness.
    They are grammatically correct and understandable but 99% of English speakers would never talk/write like that.

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    Smile Re: Stick to goodness

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    They are grammatically correct and understandable but 99% of English speakers would never talk/write like that.
    For you, my versions may be out in left field, but could you reword them to make it more English-like?


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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    For you, my versions may be out in left field, but could you reword them to make it more English-like?
    He has the morals of a saint. (a positive reference)
    He's a goody-goody (or goody two-shoes). (sarcastic)

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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Thanks, Naamplao, for your excellent versions.
    Presumably I didn't make myself clear enough in my first post. Our counterpart puts emphasis on the verb rather than the person. Your equivalents seem to me to focus on the person.


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    Re: Stick to goodness

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao, for your excellent versions.
    Presumably I didn't make myself clear enough in my first post. Our counterpart puts emphasis on the verb rather than the person. Your equivalents seem to me to focus on the person.
    He acts like a saint. (a positive reference)
    He acts like a goody-goody (or goody two-shoes). (sarcastic)

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