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    humble, humbleness and humility

    Dear teachers,

    I have two question to ask:

    No.1
    Are both 'humbleness' and 'humility' noun forms of 'humble'? If they are, could you please explain the difference between the two? I think the former indicates state while the latter indicates action. Is that right?

    No.2
    Only when I left my parents for college_____ how much I had depended on them.
    a. did I realize b. had I realized
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please kindly explain if 'b' is possible?


    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    Last edited by jiang; 07-Dec-2008 at 15:02.


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    Re: humble, humbleness and humility

    Only when I left my parents for college_____ how much I had depended on them.
    a. did I realize b. had I realized
    The key is 'a'. No problem. Could you please kindly explain if 'b' is possible?



    Think about the sequence of events. The Past Perfect tense places the 'realization' as occurring before you 'left for college".
    Can one recognize having a feeling before the event that triggers(sets off/causes) the feeling/realization?
    Last edited by David L.; 07-Dec-2008 at 23:17.

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    Re: humble, humbleness and humility

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have two question to ask:

    No.1
    Are both 'humbleness' and 'humility' noun forms of 'humble'? If they are, could you please explain the difference between the two? I think the former indicates state while the latter indicates action. Is that right?
    Dear Jiang:

    Humbleness and humility are synonyms. They mean exactly the same thing: the quality or condition of being humble.

    Humbly yours,

    Petra


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    Re: humble, humbleness and humility

    'humbleness' is an (innate) state of being, where the person is meek and modest in their behaviour, attitude and spirit.

    In contrast, you have a person who is proud, haughty and arrogant.
    Now, if such a person where 'humbled' = taught a good lesson that he is not such an almighty important person, then he might reach a state of 'humility', which is: the quality of not being proud because you are aware of your bad qualities.

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