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    #1

    How does it taste?

    Hello,
    I'm thinking about replacing the second taste with another word.
    Me: How does it taste?
    He: What?
    Me: The taste of the loss.


    I know that the first taste is a verb and the second one a noun, but I would like to replace it anyway.

    And if I wrote just one sentence, it would sound way more odd:
    How does the taste of the loss taste? -> not very good this twice taste

    Would flavo(u)r be better as a noun in both examples?

    Cheers!

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    Re: How does it taste?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    I'm thinking about replacing the second taste with another word.
    Me: How does it taste?
    He: What?
    Me: The taste of the loss.


    I know that the first taste is a verb and the second one a noun, but I would like to replace it anyway.

    And if I wrote just one sentence, it would sound way more odd:
    How does the taste of the loss taste? -> not very good this twice taste

    Would flavo(u)r be better as a noun in both examples?

    Cheers!
    As one sentence, you could say "What does loss taste like?" or "How does loss taste?"

    I think "loss" here is a collective noun, so you wouldn't need "the loss", just "loss". You are talking about the taste of loss generally.

    However, if you want to leave it as 3 sentences, the final answer doesn't need to be quite so wordy:

    "How does it taste?"
    "What?"
    "Loss."

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