1.In spite of her thinness, he loves her.

2.In spite of her being thin, he loves her.

Which sentence is grammatical, thin or thinness? I wanted to know whether "thiness" can use for a person's body.

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    You can use thinness as a personal attribute. A friend's son used to call his sister Your Fatness (a sarcastic version of Your Majesty.) Why not? It's perfectly grammatical. Needless to say, she knew how to get her own back. – Mick Feb 4 '17 at 13:01
  • Yes,both are fine but in everyday speech, we would probably use her being thin. – Lambie Feb 4 '17 at 16:25

Both of your sentences are correct and understandable and have the same meaning.

The use of the something-ness suffix makes them equivalent often has the meaning of "having the state of something"

thinness = being thin
loudness = being loud
awkwardness = being awkward
openness = begin open

However, it will not work for all adjectives

smartness (more usual would be "being smart")
tallness (more usually would be "being tall")

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