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    Exclamation "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    Hello,

    I'm an italian girl and I'm having a debate with a friend of mine about the use of the word "silk"

    He states that it's corret to say "you have a silk skin",in fact it is certainly correct to say "silk gloves"

    on the other hand I think that,used as an adjective, "silk" means "made of silk" ->silk gloves
    and "silky" means as smooth as silk ->silky skin

    can you please help us solving this issue?

    thank you anticipated!:)

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    I'd say 'silky' skin.

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd say 'silky' skin.

    thank you




    any other opinion or grammar rule ?

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    That's correct.

    You have silk skin. (Your skin is made of actual silk)
    You have silky skin. (Your skin feels like silk. It's silky)

    All the best,

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    Dear Donia,
    Casiopea's answer is perfectly correct.

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    So is tdol's. <smile>

    Note, speakers do in fact say 'you've got silk skin' but it's rare and not the Standard. It means, 'your skin is like silk.'

    Everybody's correct. Mind you, 'skin' is a mass noun, so no determiner or article is required:

    a silk skin ('a' is not required; ungrammatical)

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    thank you!!!!

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    You're welcome.

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    Default Re: "silk skin" or "silky skin"

    a question again

    my english is poor,I've learned it mostly by myself so sometimes I know that something is not correct but I can't explain the grammar rule related to it

    why,in this case, is it better to say "you've got" and not "you have"?



    I would have said "you've got" but I can't explain why

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