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Hi,
Lucy is clever/smart/intelligent/bright and does well at school.
Can I use clever/smart/intelligent/bright here?
Are there any difference in meaning between them?
Thanks.
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Hi,

In a context like this, you can use them all and there is real difference.

Clive
Clive and there is real difference.Clive
Hi Clive,
Could you please explain what the difference is?
Thanks.
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Hi,

Sorry, my typo. I meant to say there was no real diffference.Emotion: embarrassed

Clive
Hi Clive,
Can I use them all in the examples here and is there any difference in meaning?

1.Mark is so clever/smart/intelligent/bright that he could think of a solution to the problem.

2.Albert Einstein was a famous and clever/smart/bright/intelligent scientist.

Thanks.
Hi,
Can I use them all in the examples here and is there any difference in meaning?

Let me just comment briefly on how I feel about these words subjectively. Other people may have different ideas to offer you.

clever he uses his mind well and creatively

smart he shows his good brain in the things he does
Rather an informal word.

intelligent He has excellent 'brain horsepower''

bright everyone can see what a good brain he has
Rather an informal word.

1.Mark is so clever/smart/intelligent/bright that he could think of a solution to the problem.
( I'd prefer 'can' to 'could'. )
All sound OK.

2.Albert Einstein was a famous and clever/smart/bright/intelligent scientist.
None of these words sound good enough for Einstein. I might say 'highly intelligent'. All of the others sound foolishly patronizing, since they are likely to be said by someone of less intelligence than Einstein. Who can really judge Einstein's intelligence?

Clive
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Hi Clive,
Thank you very much for your reply.
Can I say Einstein was an extremely clever/smart/bright/intelligent scientist?
Can I use 'bright' for old people?

Thanks.
Hi,
Thank you very much for your reply.
Can I say Einstein was an extremely clever/smart/bright/intelligent scientist? Yes

Can I use 'bright' for old people? I usually hear it used of young people.

Clive
Cliveclever he uses his mind well and creatively
smart he shows his good brain in the things he does.
intelligent He has excellent 'brain horsepower''
bright everyone can see what a good brain he has.
Hi Clive,
Could you please give an example of clever, smart, intelligent and bright to explain their meanings you said above?

Thank you very much.

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