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Dear Teachers,

In a film a person said ' He is beautiful'. I used to think beautiful is used to describe a female and handsome is used to describe male as well as female. Why beautiful is used here?

Thank you in advance.

Jiang
 

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A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0
 

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Thank you for your explanation. You said ' A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine'. Then do you think a woman would like to be describe as 'handsome'? I imagine it is not a good thing for a woman to be of maculine.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Jiang
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A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0
 

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Never tell a woman she is handsome. Women want you to tell them they are pretty.

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jiang said:
Dear Teachers,

In a film a person said ' He is beautiful'. I used to think beautiful is used to describe a female and handsome is used to describe male as well as female. Why beautiful is used here?

Thank you in advance.

Jiang


Hi jiang,

In a flim I saw, one character said to the other character that "I am not a criminal look I am wearning a suit". :lol:
 
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tdol said:
A man can be beautiful- it depends on the type of man. The distinction is not so clear-cut as a woman can be handsome. A handsome woman would not be a conventional beauty,but her attractiveness would have something perceived as masculine. ;-0


Title: Handsome Women
Author: Wall, Judith H.
Description: 546pp of novel about 2 sisters of a military family. a West Point wedding beneath crossed sabres. promising cadets, sensitive Captain, a widower. a completely compelling story.


http://www.meghanhickey.com/Portfolio/pubworks/handsome.html


What type of man is called beautiful man?
 

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Johnnie Depp rather than Bruce Willis. ;-)
 
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