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SC Chak
19-Jan-2005, 15:13
"John is a very beginning swimmer."

A friend insists there is nothing wrong with the above sentence.

Any comments, anyone?

19-Jan-2005, 23:31
Delete "very" from the sentence in question. You are either a beginner or you are not.


20-Jan-2005, 02:43
I'd say there were two things that need changing- 'very' should go and it should be 'beginner'. We do say absolute/complete beginner, though. 'Very' is an adverb, so shouldn't modify the noun here. ;-)

20-Jan-2005, 23:36
John doesn't know how to swim. He's just a beginner.