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    Dear Teachers

    Is it common and natural in spoken English that complimenting a man by using the adjective "suave"? Such as: "John is really a suave man".

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    Anthony the learner

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    Re: Suave

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear Teachers

    Is it common and natural in spoken English that complimenting a man by using the adjective "suave"? Such as: "John is really a suave man".

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    Anthony the learner
    No, it's not all that common these days. Nor is it rare. I guess suaveness is not valued as much as it was.
    Your sentence would be better as "John is a really suave man." You can say it if it's true.
    Just my opinion - we don't hear it much in AusE.

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    Re: Suave

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    No, it's not all that common these days. Nor is it rare. I guess suaveness is not valued as much as it was.
    Your sentence would be better as "John is a really suave man." You can say it if it's true.
    Just my opinion - we don't hear it much in AusE.
    It's pretty rare in BrE, too.

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    Re: Suave

    It's used but rarely. I might look at a photo like this and say in rather overdone voice "Ohhhhh, veeeeeeery suave!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Suave

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's used but rarely. I might look at a photo like this and say in rather overdone voice "Ohhhhh, veeeeeeery suave!"
    Exactly. It makes sense when used of people from a bygone era.
    You could say the same about this, but you probably wouldn't:
    http://www.un.org/sg/mop/images/clooney3.jpg
    These days, 'suave' often has a mocking element to it: people who try to look suave, but aren't.
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2...43mo1_1280.jpg

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    Re: Suave

    I see, should I say that "suave" is preferably used in written English only? Like the attached one?Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Suave

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    I see, should I say that "suave" is preferably used in written English only? Like the attached one?Click image for larger version. 

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    Even in written English, it has a certain connotation. Unless the person you're talking about resembles James Bond in some way, I'd avoid it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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