I looked upon some dictionaries for the adjective convenient and studied some examples. However, I did not get it. Whilst most of the example sentences use this adjective for a non-living thing, I wonder whether or not this adjective can be used to modify a person.

Which one should I say?

  1. Is it convenient for you to help me?
  2. Are you convenient to help me?
  3. Is it convenient to help me?


  • Did you have a look at a dictionary? They usually have example sentences. Can you find anything that helps here or here? After you've had a look at those, you could edit your question and tell us if you think your sentences are right or wrong.
    – None
    Jul 10 '14 at 6:25
  • I agree that this question could be greatly improved, particularly if you first explained what you were trying to say (perhaps with a scenario of sorts). I can see where this would be a very tricky word for a learner to use, so I'd like the question to stay open. Study how Yoichi asks questions, and try to make this something more than a multiple choice question.
    – J.R.
    Jul 10 '14 at 9:56

In most of the cases, the adjective convenient is not used with a person. Having said this, the first and third sentences are okay whereas the remaining one does not sound grammatical.

It's important to note that you can use convenient with human but then it'll be a bit offensive. Suppose if you call some woman as a convenient woman it means she's readily available to have fun with.

In other words, if a person is a convenient person, one can take advantage of. Probably, that is because one can use them as a convenience.

  • oh... I guess sometimes it can be an "compliment" because maybe some very weird people would be proud of that? Thanks for the answer anyway! Jul 10 '14 at 18:04

I prefer to use the first one. It seems sound to me.

Is it convenient for you to help me?

  • 2
    The second one isn't correct.
    – Dangph
    Jul 10 '14 at 7:36
  • The second one isn't correct in Br or US English. It is a very common mistake among Asian students.
    – None
    Jul 10 '14 at 7:40

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