My workout routine gave me a well-built body

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Is thus needed here? I feel (tell me if I'm wrong) that thus doing is used only if that was the subject's purpose to begin with, so I shouldn't put thus here. On the other hand, reading this sentence out loud without thus, I feel that something is wrong.

My workout routine gave me a well-built body, (thus) making me more attractive.
 

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You don't need thus at all there. In fact, I wouldn't use it.
 

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"a well-built body" isn't natural. Also, don't forget that what's attractive is very subjective.
 

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I guess some people would prefer toned body or muscular body.
 

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I guess some people would prefer toned body or muscular body.

Those are certainly better phrases than the original. My statement about attractiveness stands.
 

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You could say making me feel more attractive.
 

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"a well-built body" isn't natural. Also, don't forget that what's attractive is very subjective.


So, in what cases do I use well-built?
 

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I'd use it for someone with muscles, but that does not necessarily make them attractive.
 

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I'd use it for someone with muscles, but that does not necessarily make them attractive.


So is it the second part of the sentence that makes well-built unnatural here? If I said it gave him a well-built body without saying anything about attractiveness, would it be natural?
 

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No. We don't say "well-built body". You might hear "He's/She's well-built" but it's the word "body" that makes your version unnatural.
 

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No. We don't say "well-built body". You might hear "He's/She's well-built" but it's the word "body" that makes your version unnatural.

Now I remembered something else. Is tall body unnatural too?
 

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So is it the second part of the sentence that makes well-built unnatural here? If I said it gave him a well-built body without saying anything about attractiveness, would it be natural?

Leave off the body- the context is clear.
 
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