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Hi, I have a couple of questions about the usage and meaning of "wise".

1. When you say "John is wise to avoid it.", you mean which of the followings?

a.) John has avoided it already, and thus he is wise.

b.) John is wise enough and thus would avoid it whenever.

2. How about when you say "It is wise of John to avoid it."?

3. Lastly, when you use "for" instead of "of"--it will be "It is wise for John to avoid it."--what is the difference in meaning?

Thank you in advance.

handtalk.
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Hi,
I have a couple of questions about the usage and meaning of "wise".

1. When you say "John is wise to avoid it.", you mean which of the followings?

a.) John has avoided it already, and thus he is wise. This is the general idea. He may have already avoided it, or he may simply have made the decision to avoid it.

b.) John is wise enough and thus would avoid it whenever.

2. How about when you say "It is wise of John to avoid it."? The same general idea.

3. Lastly, when you use "for" instead of "of"--it will be "It is wise for John to avoid it."--what is the difference in meaning? This suggests more that it may be your opinion about the situation. It's almost like you are expressing advice that John should listen to. It sounds a bit more like he has not yet avoided it.

Clive
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Thank you, Clive.

handtalk.