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    Question You've been lovely.

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    A doctor cured a disease of a patient's. He told the patient -Mary that she wouldn't have to go to hosiptal again, and he was going to miss her.

    Mary said, "I feel the same way. You've been lovely."

    Question:

    1. Is it okay, if Mary said, "You're so lovely." I refer to the tense.

    2. Can I say, 'You're lovely.' to anyone? I ask this because some words, such as sweetie, are usually applied to very close people.

    P.S. The definition of lovely is from the Cambridge Dictionary.

    lovely (KIND) adjective MAINLY UK
    describes a person who is kind, friendly and pleasant to be with:
    He's a lovely bloke.

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    Re: You've been lovely.

    In this context it means he has been kind and helpful. You would not in that circumstance say "You're so lovely". The connotation could be seen as a more personal one.

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    Re: You've been lovely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You would not in that circumstance say "You're so lovely". The connotation could be seen as a more personal one.
    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your answer. I don't understand your words I quoted, especially, the part I highlight in blue.

    What does "that circumstance" refer to?

    I created a context as below. Does Anna use the right tense and word?

    In a forum, a teacher often help Anna out with her questions

    Anna said to the teacher, "You've so lovely."

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    Re: You've been lovely.

    The patient is referring to the doctor's manner, behavior, treatment of her when she says, "You've been lovely."

    If someone says "You ARE lovely" you're referring to that person's appearance most of the time.

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    Re: You've been lovely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The patient is referring to the doctor's manner, behavior, treatment of her when she says, "You've been lovely."

    If someone says "You ARE lovely" you're referring to that person's appearance most of the time.
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your answer.

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