Three years of acquaintance have enabled me to identify some

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ryan.

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Persian
Hello,

Which of the sentences below do you think is more natural and idiomatic to say? I have wrote these sentences.

1-Three years of acquaintance have enabled me to identify some of his peculiarities. I would characterize him as being disciplined and hard-working.
2-Through these years of acquaintance, I am able identify some of his peculiarities. I would characterize him as being disciplined and hard-working.

Thanks.
 
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  • owlman5

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    English-US
    I prefer "three years of acquaintance", but I'm troubled by "peculiarities" in that sentence. "Qualities" would sound more positive.
     

    owlman5

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    English-US
    "Traits" are neutral: they can be good or bad. "Qualities" are usually positive although it is possible to write about "negative qualities". "Peculiarities" are generally negative.
     

    ryan.

    Senior Member
    Persian
    "Traits" are neutral: they can be good or bad. "Qualities" are usually positive although it is possible to write about "negative qualities". "Peculiarities" are generally negative.
    Thanks for clearing that up.
     
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