The young lad was the image of his father

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mimi2

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vietnam vietnamese
Please tell me whether the two following sentences are the same:
a. The young lad was the image of his father.
b. The young lad was the likeness to his father.
Thanks a lot.
 
  • nichec

    Senior Member
    Chinese(Taiwan)/English(AE)
    To me, a is perfectly understandable
    But b is somehow strange....I'll never say something like that myself, at least...
    Please tell me whether the two following sentences are the same:
    a. The young lad was the image of his father.
    b. The young lad was the likeness to his father.
    Thanks a lot.
     

    mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    Hi, nichec.
    I'm always with the forum.
    can you tell me whether (b) is grammatically right? Thanks.
     

    panjandrum

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    English-Ireland (top end)
    (a) is a very common and natural sentence.

    (b) is not.
    Why not?
    b. The young lad was the likeness to his father.
    Partly, I think, because you have a likeness to someone; partly because although you could be the image of someone, you could only have a likeness to them.
     
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