Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.


Help on English vocab, including idioms, slang and sayings

Moderator: EC


Postby Vega » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:15 am

Can this word be used in this way: handsome car, handsome flower, etc.

Thank you in advance!
User avatar
Keeper of the Board
Keeper of the Board
Posts: 2512
Joined: Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:59 pm
Status: English Learner

Re: handsome

Postby hermit » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:30 pm

"Handsome" applies to more than just good-looking men in English. A pretty,
statuesque woman might often be called handsome (see Jamie Lee Curtis et al);
a car, yes, but not so frequently. Flowers, yes, but usually thought of as pretty,
as they are very feminine...

Silver Member
Posts: 92
Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 11:00 pm
Status: English Teacher

Re: handsome

Postby PureGuava » Thu May 27, 2010 4:15 pm

I would say "handsome" falls more under genetically appealing, typically.

However, with the phrase, "A handsome sum of money", handsome would mean large, generous or copious . (quasi-formal)

I'd say, "nice car" or "beautiful car" and "pretty flowers" or "beautiful flowers"

It also (almost always) depends on the formality and type of the people you are speaking to.

"Gorgeous flowers" would be something a female would say, but most probably not a male. It would sound effeminate if a male did.
Posts: 11
Joined: Thu May 27, 2010 3:53 pm
Status: English Teacher

Return to Vocabulary Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests