Clever - Smart

Francelho

Senior Member
Español de Andalucía
Is the adjective clever only used in the UK? Do all American use smart instead? Is smart used in the UK too? Thank you!
 
  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    No, "clever" is used in AE. The two words may be used somewhat differently in AE and BE; if you give us a sentence that uses one of the words, we'll have a specific example to discuss, which would be helpful.
     

    Francelho

    Senior Member
    Español de Andalucía
    Dogs are clever animals. / Dogs are smart animals.

    I don't like your friend. He thinks he's too clever. / I don't like your friend. He thinks he's too smart.

    Be clever and don't say anything. / Be smart and don't say anything.
     

    Glenfarclas

    Senior Member
    English (American)
    In American English, "clever" normally has connotations of inventiveness and creative problem-solving. "Be clever and don't say anything" would sound almost oxymoronically wrong in American English.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree with Glen: That sentence would be unnatural in AE. The others are fine (sometimes "smart" and "clever" are interchangeable and sometimes not).
     
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