stingy to buy

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Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
A girl really loved the doll in a shop. But the doll was expensive for her, although she had money to buy the doll, she had to save some money for future use, so she couldn't buy the doll. And everyone felt pity for the girl.

1 The girl supressed her willingness to buy the doll.
2 The girl is a little stingy to buy the doll.

I think stingy is an insult(or disapproving), so I shouldn't use it here, am I right?
How about the first sentence? Do you have any suggestions?

  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    "Stingy" is somewhat insulting, ridgemao. However, "suppressed her willingness to buy the doll" sounds very odd. Why not say that she couldn't afford the doll?

    Sparky Malarky

    English - US
    I agree that "stingy" does not work. "Too stingy to buy the doll" would mean that she could easily afford the doll but refused to spend the money.

    I agree with Owlman that it might be best to say that she couldn't afford the doll. However, if you want to emphasize that she could pay for the doll, but felt she had to save her money for other things, you might say that she "resisted the temptation to buy the doll."
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