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happy person or merry person?

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happy person or merry person?

Postby Elisa » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:16 pm

a merry person or a happy person? Could you tell me the right translation, please?

Thanks a lot.
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Re: happy person or merry person?

Postby TheStephen » Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:53 pm

Either is correct. :)
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Re: happy person or merry person?

Postby Elisa » Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:04 am

Thanks, but why we never read "a merry person" on English books?
We usually hear Merry Xmas but not a merry girl. Is it USA?
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Re: happy person or merry person?

Postby TheStephen » Fri Sep 23, 2011 7:17 pm

Most people say happy, though merry is also correct. There is, at least where I live, a subtle difference in meaning. Merry means obviously or visibly happy, like in the context of merriment at a party, where everyone is laughing and smiling and enjoying themselves. Happy is less specific. A merry person might smile a lot, or laugh readily, or make easy conversation.
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Re: happy person or merry person?

Postby Elisa » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:28 am

Thanks, you are very kind.
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Re: happy person or merry person?

Postby TheStephen » Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:00 pm

Thanks yourself! Any time.
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