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    "What a shame" or "that's a shame" is similar to "too bad", right?

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    Yes, but a few degrees stronger.

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    Yes, but a few degrees stronger.
    What a shame. I doubted myself earlier.

    Does it need to have an exclamation? ( ! )

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    The exclamation point is another determiner of degree.

    "I lost fifty cents in that Coke machine."
    "Too bad."
    "I lost fifty dollars in a poker game."
    "What a shame."
    "I lost fifty thousand dollars on Enron stock."
    "What a shame!"

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    The exclamation point is another determiner of degree.

    "I lost fifty cents in that Coke machine."
    "Too bad."
    "I lost fifty dollars in a poker game."
    "What a shame."
    "I lost fifty thousand dollars on Enron stock."
    "What a shame!"

    Are there expressions opossite of "What a shame"? In a good way now.

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    I found a dollar on the street.
    "That's great."

    I won a fifty-dollar football pool
    "That's great!"

    I won a fifty thousand dollars in the lottery!
    "Wow! That's terrific!"

    The problem, at least in American English, is that some of the expressions, such as "Good for you!" and "That's just great!" can be said with great sarcasm, so you must be careful that you don't give the wrong impression.

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    Default Re: what a shame?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I found a dollar on the street.
    "That's great."

    I won a fifty-dollar football pool
    "That's great!"

    I won a fifty thousand dollars in the lottery!
    "Wow! That's terrific!"

    The problem, at least in American English, is that some of the expressions, such as "Good for you!" and "That's just great!" can be said with great sarcasm, so you must be careful that you don't give the wrong impression.

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    Barb_D,

    How about words like amazing, incredible, fantastic, etc...

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