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I wrote:

However, good deeds are beyond wealth.

I mean that good deeds (generosity) can be done even without money and having money isn't a requisite.

Did I use "beyond" correctly?


Update: I know my sentence is short and vague. But I meant: "to be generous you shouldn't necessarily have a lot of money", I should have used generosity.

  • Well, if you meant to say that good deeds are more important than wealth, then yes, you used it correctly. – Davyd Jan 6 '17 at 14:59
  • It's not really an idiomatic way to use beyond, though. If I read that, I would think it meant that good deeds are better than wealth or something. I think what you mean is something more like "good deeds don't require wealth." – stangdon Jan 6 '17 at 15:09
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As mentioned in one of the comments, beyond as used in your example implies 'more important than', or perhaps, 'you can't place a monetary value on good deeds'.

Or to rephrase your example:

However, good deeds are more important than wealth.

If however, you are trying to get across the point that money isn't a requisite to performing a good deed, then it doesn't quite work. Perhaps, something along the lines of

However, good deeds cost nothing.

...might get the point across more clearly.

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  • Yes. My sentence is ambiguous and short. But I meant: "to be generous you shouldn't necessarily have a lot of money" – Ahmad Jan 6 '17 at 15:53
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It doesn't feel quite right to compare "good deeds" to "wealth" -- it's "apples to oranges" . If anything you want to compare two abstract concepts, like "health vs. wealth" or "love vs. wealth" or "generosity vs. wealth". Or, alternately, something like: "Good deeds are more important than hard cash".

"Beyond" is fine when used in the proper context, but you probably want to say "go beyond" instead. Again, I have trouble relating "good deeds" directly to "wealth", so something like:

"Acts of simple kindness go beyond the mere accumulation of things"

Or more succinctly:

"Good deeds far surpass gold"

or even better:

"Good deeds are pure gold"

But there are already many aphorisms that express this feeling:

"And in the end / The love you take is equal to the love you make" - The Beatles

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Mahatma Gandhi

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  • You are right, I tried to do a literal translation of a Persian learner to translate his sentence back to English. I explained a bit more in my question. I meant generosity, though still the sentence could be vauge. – Ahmad Jan 6 '17 at 20:21
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    @Ahmad I'm sure we have the same thoughts in both languages, we just express them differently. Plus, when writing a maxim or other short statement of moral value, you have to consider the flow and rhythm of the words to make them sound pleasing -- which means you have to pick certain words that both work in that language, and which fit the music. :) – Andrew Jan 6 '17 at 20:43

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