Is this sentence correct ?

He is characteristically a womanizer. 

6 Answers

  • John P
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, it is correct.

  • RP
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Yes, it seems fine as is.

  • Vivian
    Lv 4
    4 weeks ago

    "He is characteristically a womanizer." should have "as" after "characteristically": "He is characteristically as a womanizer." That is how that sentence would be correct.

  • 4 weeks ago

    You can say that. It does not substitute with "He is a unique womanizer" though.  Completely different ideas.  You would normally only have to say "He is a womanizer" because it follows that the person being called a womanizer is characteristically a womanizer or you would not claim that he is one.  However, if you are talking about what he is as a character, how he characteristically behaves, you can say "He is characteristically a womanizer" (that is what he is normally like).  Much like "He is characteristically thoughtful, so it is surprising to me that he would act so impulsively."

    The use of characteristically is one of defining how the person usually is, underlying his normal behavior, even if he did not do that usual thing at a particular moment.  You would raise the idea of "characteristic" behavior especially when you want to point out something that was uncharacteristic in contrast. Otherwise, the very declaration of a characteristic is assumed to mean that the characteristic is typical (that he is characteristically that way) so isn't actually needed.  It is a given.  Otherwise you are telling a falsehood.  He is not a womanizer, even if he can be a womanizer from time to time.  It is not strictly true so you would not say it if it wasn't characteristic in the first place.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    He's is a unique womanizer.

  • 4 weeks ago

    I would drop characteristically--it's too long. 

    He's a womanizer.

    He's a typical womanizer. 

    He's your typical womanizer. 

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