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    #1

    Lightbulb He speaks like anything

    Hi,

    John speaks like anything.

    Is this sentence appropriate?
    (It is meant to express the thought that John is a incredible speaker or has great command over language or is an exceptional speaker)

    This is a common among indian speakers of english. Will a native speaker use this expression in any scenario?

    Thanks

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    Re: He speaks like anything

    It's more quantitative than qualitative to me. (British English speaker)

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    #3

    Re: He speaks like anything

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Hi,

    John speaks like anything.

    Is this sentence appropriate?
    (It is meant to express the thought that John is a incredible speaker or has great command over language or is an exceptional speaker)

    This is a common among indian speakers of english. Will a native speaker use this expression in any scenario?

    Thanks
    Dear anupumh:

    I agree with Tdol.

    Petra (AmE speaker)

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