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    "John is a very beginning swimmer."

    A friend insists there is nothing wrong with the above sentence.

    Any comments, anyone?

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    Re: Mr

    Delete "very" from the sentence in question. You are either a beginner or you are not.



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    Re: Mr

    I'd say there were two things that need changing- 'very' should go and it should be 'beginner'. We do say absolute/complete beginner, though. 'Very' is an adverb, so shouldn't modify the noun here.

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    Re: Mr

    John doesn't know how to swim. He's just a beginner.


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