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    Default Nothing of the kind

    Hello.

    Do you use this expression or it's obsolete? Here is an example (as I can picture it):

    - You're a good player.
    - Nothing of the kind. It's all about luck.

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    Alex.

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    Default Re: Nothing of the kind

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    Do you use this expression or it's obsolete? Here is an example (as I can picture it):

    - You're a good player.
    - Nothing of the kind. It's all about luck.

    Thanks,

    Alex.
    I'd say it's rarely used these days. I would say "not at all" rather than "nothing of the kind".

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    Default Re: Nothing of the kind

    As a NES, but not a teacher:

    I would agree with riquecohen, for BrE also.
    I'd have no qualms about using it.

    R21

    PS The Free Dictionary reference quoted, doesn't suggest that it is archaic or obsolete/rarely used.

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    Default Re: Nothing of the kind

    I use it, but I am probably past my sell-by date.

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    Me too!
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    Default Re: Nothing of the kind

    Here is the another link about this question:
    Nothing of the kind | Define Nothing of the kind at Dictionary.com
    As you may notice they pointed out each example with ' [Second half of 1800s]'. (I have no idea what this means). Moreover I find it in a book written by non-native authors in the early 90's and that is why I tended to think that the expression was sort of outdated. Having received your replies, I feel that I shouldn't use this in spoken English :)

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    Default Re: Nothing of the kind

    Hi AlexAD

    Note: The link refers back to the American Heritage Dictionary which, as might be expected, provides some of the earliest references to the expression rather than identifying whether it is in current usage.

    You should feel free to use it and be understood in both written and spoken English.

    Regards
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