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onsen
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 5:31:29 PM
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Hello,

Quote:
Jan Hus was born in Husinec, Bohemia, c. 1369. At an early age he traveled to the Imperial City of Prague, where he supported himself by singing and serving in Churches. His conduct was positive and his commitment to his studies was remarkable.
Jan Hus


What does the 'positive' mean?
Does it mean 4.?

Quote:
positive adj.
1. Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation: a positive answer; positive criticism.
2. Measured or moving forward or in a direction of increase or progress: positive steps.
3. a. Desirable, admirable, or beneficial: a woman with many positive qualities; the positive features of this new software.
b. Optimistic or constructive: a positive attitude.
c. Not disparaging or malicious: ran a positive political campaign.
4. Very confident; certain: I'm positive he's right.
the rest omitted
TFD


Thank you.
thar
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 5:56:39 PM

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It is not the natural English way to express this. You can have good conduct - that just means you behave well. It is not useful information about a person.Good conduct just gets you released from prison early!
You can get an idea about what the writer means, but don't try to examine their English. This is written by someone with good but not fluent English - there are lots of mistakes like this I can spot just by scanning through the article.


eg

his conduct was positive (this does not express anything useful and is not anything a native speaker would say)
John Huss was..... a key predecessor to Protestantism (a person is not the same as a movement)
as he lived before Luther (he lived in Prague. He preceded Luther as a reformer)
he demanded for (the verb to demand takes a direct object, but the noun takes 'for')

There are lots of things that are just a bit wrong. 'His conduct was positive' is one of them. Ignore it, but take the meaning that he was good student, which I assume is the idea that this contributor meant to express.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 7:45:53 PM

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The definition 3a fits very well. " 3a. Desirable, admirable, or beneficial:"
onsen
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 8:25:53 PM
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
The definition 3a fits very well. " 3a. Desirable, admirable, or beneficial:"


I thought 3a first, too.
CamNewton
Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2018 11:01:28 PM
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Probably 3a, but could be 3b.

Not a common way to put things.
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