Is it ok to answer, "I am smart, I am kind, and I am strong" to the question, "Who are you?"?

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    Not if you want to pass the Turing Test. That's what the robot would say right before it turned off life support. Oct 2, 2020 at 18:33
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    It's not usually OK to tell someone that you are nice, kind etc. - you leave them to find that out from your behaviour! But this isn't really a language question. Oct 2, 2020 at 18:51
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    This question can be better answered in Interpersonal Skills SE. Oct 2, 2020 at 19:39
  • Me: Who are you? You: I am smart, I am kind, and I am strong! Me: Bye! Oct 2, 2020 at 20:07
  • Me: What are you? You: I am smart, I am kind, and I am strong! Me: And boastful. Bye! Oct 2, 2020 at 20:09

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Your response is grammatically correct English. But it doesn't answer the question.

"Who are you?" is asking for you to identify yourself. The reply should be "I'm Jean" (or I'm Nathan). It isn't asking to describe yourself.

So it is not correct to answer "I am smart (etc)" to "Who are you?"

If someone says "Tell me about yourself" you might say "I am smart..." but it sounds very arrogant.

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    I always found it odd that if a smart person says they're smart, it's arrogant, but if a tall person says they're tall, it's not
    – Kevin
    Oct 2, 2020 at 20:54
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    Height can be measured with a ruler. You can put a number on it and everyone will agree. Intelligence can't be measured. Psycologists can't even decide on a defintion, much less a test (IQ tests just test how good you are at IQ tests). And we are social animals. There is a context to being smart being judged as smart. It is just the same as "an attractive person claiming to be attractive". It's arrogant.
    – James K
    Oct 2, 2020 at 21:03

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