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"You are too good to be gifted."

Is this a grammatically correct way to respond to someone who is asking for a gift?

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    What is it supposed to mean? – Michael Harvey Jul 8 at 20:34
  • Yes, please elaborate, and explain what it means for someone to be "too good" to be given a gift. – J.R. Jul 8 at 21:15
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    People who are good are generally those who do get gifts. It's people who are bad who don't . . . (So, semantically, it's an odd response. Although, people don't normally ask for gifts either.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 8 at 22:45
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Grammatical, sure. But as written, that sentence could be misinterpreted as:

You are too good to be talented

(because gifted, as an adjective, means "talented").

It could also mean:

You are too good to be given away as a gift.


Instead you should say:

You are too good to be gifted something

or

You are too good to be given a gift

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    I'm not a big fan of "You are too good to be gifted something." At best, that's an unusual construct. Why not something more like: You are too good to be given a gift. That seems to be what the OP is saying. – J.R. Jul 8 at 21:11
  • You are too good to be gifted with something is the more idiomatic (although uncommon) use of the verb. Also, the original sentence could also be be interpreted as somebody being too good to be given to somebody else as a gift. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Jul 8 at 21:36
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    This is a nice answer but premature since we aren't certain what OP is trying to say. – Andrew Jul 8 at 21:42
  • @Andrew - Agreed, but I'm hoping the question doesn't get closed. (Closed migrated questions go back to where they came from, and I think this question fits better here than ELU). – J.R. Jul 8 at 21:57

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