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20:51 Mar 30, 2007
Polish to English translations [PRO]
Polish term or phrase: błąd
Is John ill?He's lost a lot of weight.
Yes, he is rather slender these days, isn't he?

Gdzie jest bląd w tych zdaniach?

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2 +1slender/slim versus thin/skeletal
Caryl Swift

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slender/slim versus thin/skeletal

I'm not 100% sure that there is a 'mistake' in the sentence. It depends on the wider context.

However, if you are certain that there's a mistake, then I think it could be in the use of an adjective with positive connoatations, 'slender', within the negative context of illness. More usual would be to use an adjective with a negative context, such as 'thin'.

Mind you, if the situation is one wherein the second speaker might indulge in irony, then the use of the positive 'slender' would be perfectly acceptable as it would function admirably to give an ironic register.

Note added at 11 mins (2007-03-30 21:02:16 GMT)

Sorry - I meant to add that both 'slender' and 'slim' carry positive connotations, whereas 'thin', 'skeletal' and, more informally, 'skinny', carry negative connotations.

Caryl Swift
Local time: 12:31
Native speaker of: English
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Asker: thanka lot. that is what i thought but wasn't sure.

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