kind: ✓ kind to ✗ *kind with*

By | September 15, 2016
kind: kind to someone
kind *with* someone
As long as you’re not hurting anybody else, as long as you’re being kind to people and you’re doing what you love, only good things can come of it.
Purché tu non stia facendo male a nessun altro, purché tu sia gentile con le persone e stia facendo ciò che ami, ne possono derivare solo buone cose.
Jason Silva
✓ Thank you for being so kind to me.
✗ Thank you for being so kind *with* me.
Grazie per essere stato così gentile con me.
In English you can be kind to someone. Some other adjectives that describe the way people treat other people (for example unkind, nice, friendly, polite and rude) follow the same pattern:
✓ Jane’s being very unkind/rude to me recently. I don’t know why.
✗ Jane’s being very unkind/rude *with* me recently. I don’t know why.
Jane è molto sgarbata con me ultimamente. Non so perché.
✓ Bob’s being nice to me. I wonder what he wants.
✗ Bob’s being very nice *with* me. I wonder what he wants.
Bob fa il gentile con me. Chissa cosa vuole.
✓ He’s always friendly to everyone he meets, especially children.
✗ He’s always friendly *with* everyone he meets, especially children.
E’ sempre amichevole con tutti quelli che incontra, soprattutto i bambini.
✓ As a shop assistant you have to be polite to customers at all times – even when they’re rude to you!
✗ As a shop assistant you have to be polite *with* customers at all times – even when they’re rude to you!
Come commessa devi essere educata con i clienti in ogni momento – anche quando sono maleducati con te!

Be kind to unkind people. They need it most.

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