He is a genius tennis player.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by brian&me, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. brian&me

    brian&me Senior Member

    Chinese - China
    1. He is a genius tennis player.

    2. He is a tennis genius.

    3. He is a tennis talent.


    These sentences were made by me. I wonder if they are correct or not.

    Many thanks in advance.
     
  2. Barque Senior Member

    India
    Tamil
    I wouldn't be surprised to hear either of the first two in casual speech. The third sounds a little off.
     
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    1 sounds a little slang-y.
    2 sounds okay to me.
    3 would sound okay (to me) with a modifier, e.g. "He's a wonderful tennis talent".
     
  4. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    In AE, "genius" does not mean "a person with exceptional ability". That is only in BE.

    In AE, "genius" is only mental ability. Tennis requires more physical ability than mental ability (but it needs both).

    So a "genius tennis player" has excellent strategy. He knows exactly where to hit the ball to. But can he hit it there? Probably not. When serving, the best tennis players in the world hit many serves into the net. They know they shouldn't, but knowing doesn't help.
     
  5. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    :thumbsup:
     
  6. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    In BE, the use of "genius" as an adjective (or attribute) is slang. Have you tried my genius recipe? is an example.
     

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