Usage of the word 'prodigy'

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Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by singhtarun » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:37 pm

I'm writing about something and can't figure out if "such is the prodigy of the human mind" is a correct sentence. Is the usage of the word prodigy correct here? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by Joe » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:40 pm

What exactly are you trying to express/say?
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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by singhtarun » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:46 pm

Let's say its the title of a chapter - "Prodigy of the human mind". Something about it sounds off to me. Have I been drinking too much?

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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by singhtarun » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:51 pm

I may have been vague here. I understand the meaning of the word prodigy, am I using it correctly in framing the sentence? Examples I'm familiar with are child prodigy, math prodigy, and so on but can prodigy be followed by "of" to describe something? Is my question making sense?

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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by Joe » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:07 am

I suspect you may have been drinking prodigiously. "Prodigy of the human mind" seems off to me too, though I think I see what it is trying to say, something like: the prodigious capacity of the human mind? the prodigious abilities of the human mind?
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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by singhtarun » Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:48 am

Thanks for your reply Joe! I just came across this definition of prodigy - an outstanding example of a particular quality.
"Germany seemed a prodigy of industrial discipline". This seems in line with what I said earlier. What do you think?
I'm going to cut down on drinking anyway.

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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by Joe » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:41 am

Nothing wrong with the Germany example. But it’s not in line with your original human mind phrase. To use it in the same way you would need to say that the human mind is a prodigy of [something]…not the other way round. At least, that’s my understanding. 🍷
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Re: Usage of the word 'prodigy'

Post by singhtarun » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:49 am

That's helpful, thanks again Joe!

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