he is a <bounteous> person

Matthew Wai

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Chinese
'He is a bounteous person.'
On another forum a teacher said 'bounteous' is an unusual word these days, so I wonder whether you can understand the above sentence.
 
  • Matthew Wai

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    Chinese
    I wonder whether native speakers can understand it and whether ESL students unable to understand it would consult dictionaries like me.
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Where did you find the sentence 'He is a bounteous person', Matthew?

    I would say that the collocation "bounteous person" is extremely unlikely in present-day English.

    Though I might understand it, I would never say or write it - and I wouldn't expect any other native English speaker to say or write it, either:).
     
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    Matthew Wai

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    Chinese
    Some time ago I came across the word 'bounteous' in an English translation of a Chinese article, but I have forgotten the context.
     
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