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    English is Fine/Good

    Hi Teachers

    When a British says somebody's spoken English is "Fine", how far is it is from "Good" or "Very Good" or "Native"? I would like to seek some generic comments.

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    Anthony the learner

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    Re: English is Fine/Good

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    When a British person says somebody's spoken English is "Fine", how far is it is from "Good" or "Very Good" or "Native"?
    'Fine' is not a point on a fixed scale. It means something like ' acceptable' or 'good enough'.

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    Re: English is Fine/Good

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Hi Teachers

    When a British says somebody's spoken English is "Fine", how far is it is from "Good" or "Very Good" or "Native"? I would like to seek some generic comments.

    Regards

    Anthony the learner
    By the way, it's not used in a question, as in "Is my English fine? Is this grammar fine?"
    Well, it is often used this way by learners here. I mean native speakers don't use it this way.

    A: "How do I look?"
    B: "You look fine" - OK

    A: "Do I look fine?" - Not OK

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    Re: English is Fine/Good

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    By the way, it's not used in a question, as in "Is my English fine? Is this grammar fine?"
    It's also not used in negative utterances.

    A: What do you think about my last paragraph?
    B. It's fine. OK

    B: It isn't fine. Not OK

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    Re: English is Fine/Good

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It's also not used in negative utterances.

    A: What do you think about my last paragraph?
    B. It's fine. OK

    B: It isn't fine. Not OK
    And what about this exchange:

    A: What do you think about my last paragraph?
    B: It's fine.
    C: No it isn't.

    C is not repeating "fine", but he is saying that the last paragraph isn't fine. Is C's response natural?

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    #6

    Re: English is Fine/Good

    Yes, it is.

    Rover

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