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lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:33:32 AM

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I made a mistake in a test:



But there's a relevant entry in any vocabulary:

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/shine

Quote:
v.intr.
3. To distinguish oneself in an activity or a field; excel.

Then someone on the other (Russian) forum wrote that "shining lawyer" sounds very archaic. Does it?

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thar
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:05:55 AM

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It is a misleading definition.

You are a shining example of a great lawyer. You are a shining light in the legal profession.
But you are not a shining lawyer.

To me it doesn't sound archaic, it just sounds wrong.

But even 'remarkable' is not a true synonym. Brilliance is immense skill and ability. Whereas being remarkable - usually it means you are good, but it does not necessarily mean you are remarkable for being brilliant.


Ouch, just read the question properly.

Earned the reputation of a brilliant lawyer. NO that is not what you say.
Which brilliant lawyer did he earn the reputation of?

He earned a reputation as a brilliant lawyer.

And law cases aren't fabulous. His defence/prosecution/conduct of the case might have been fabulous, but the case wasn't.

I would be very wary of this as a teaching resource.
lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 8:12:09 AM

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Thank you!

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 4:46:43 PM

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You are right, though, about the verb "shine". It is a more 'emotional' word than "excel", but is very similar.

As a lecturer, he shone. However his lack of ability to interact with individual students prevented him from being a good tutor.

During his final year, he shone in Maths and Physics but was abysmal in English and Geography.


However, as thar said, it doesn't translate over into the adjective 'shining'.
I've no idea why.

These "light-emitting" verbs and adjectives all have different uses.

"Shining" seems to always be "shines as a teacher", "a shining example of a teacher", not "a shining teacher".

"Brilliant" can be "a brilliant teacher" or "a brilliant example of a teacher" - but there is no verb 'to brill'

"Bright" can be "She's a bright hope for the teaching profession." There is no verb for this.
Otherwise, "bright" means "intelligent" not "excellent".
"Brilliant" can be the emphatic form of "bright". "She's a brilliant teacher" means she's excellent because (at least partly) of being very intelligent (whereas an 'outstanding, excellent teacher' may be less intelligent, but have more grasp of teaching and communication skills).

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I think that "way back" in the early years of the twentieth century and in the 1800s, "fabulous" was used with its original meaning - "a subject of tales and stories" - even "newsworthy".
However, by the time I was young, it had become a common synonym for 'great', exciting' - often shortened to "fab".



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lazarius
Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 10:39:05 PM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
During his final year, he shone in Maths and Physics but was abysmal in English and Geography.

However, as thar said, it doesn't translate over into the adjective 'shining'.
I've no idea why.

Thank you!

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2019 5:30:17 AM

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Anyhow, Procol Harum will always Shine On Brightly ;-)


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