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    Shengmin

    Hello Everyone,

    Shengmin in Chinese is used to describe Chinese Ancient Emperor, who not only owned excellent personality( he was plain, considerate ), but boasted outstanding capability of managing his state which was strong and prosperous.

    Can you tell me its English equivalent? Can we say good?

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    Smile Re: Shengmin

    Hi!

    I am not a teacher.

    Here're some words for your reference.
    • wise
    • great
    • mighty
    'Good' doesn't bear the hallmarks you described. Personally, I think 'good' refers to a personal character or nature. For instance, he is a good man.

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    Re: Shengmin

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi!

    I am not a teacher.

    Here're some words for your reference.
    • wise
    • great
    • mighty
    'Good' doesn't bear the hallmarks you described. Personally, I think 'good' refers to a personal character or nature. For instance, he is a good man.
    ...except when applied to a king/queen!

    Examples:
    Good King Wenceslas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Elizabeth I of England - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Smile Re: Shengmin

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the info. Good to know these. I stand corrected.

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    Re: Shengmin

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Bob,

    Thanks for the info. Good to know these. I stand corrected.
    Not a very firm correction! But 'a good king' is good for his country as well as being a good man - so a few of these 'Good King/Queen N' collocations exist.

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