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    a pretty pretty

    Hi,

    Do native speakers say "She's a pretty pretty."?

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    Re: a pretty pretty

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
    Hi,

    Do native speakers say "She's a pretty pretty."?
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    No. What would it mean? "She's pretty pretty" makes sense, meaning she's rather pretty, but no one would say this unless they were being silly.

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    Re: a pretty pretty

    Quote Originally Posted by shabushabu View Post
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    Do native speakers say "She's a pretty pretty."?

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    What do you think that it would mean if someone said it? Bear in mind that you have used the indefinite article so you have "indefinite article + adjective + noun". What do you think "a pretty" is?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a pretty pretty

    "She's pretty ugly."
    Does it mean "she's rather ugly"? Is it self-contradictory to say "pretty ugly"?

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    Re: a pretty pretty

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    "She's pretty ugly."
    Does it mean "she's rather ugly"? Is it self-contradictory to say "pretty ugly"?
    No, that's fine. "Pretty" can mean "quite" or "rather". That's why Raymott suggested that it is possible to say "She is pretty pretty" but it would probably only be said by someone being silly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a pretty pretty

    It is fine, but you could easily use an alternative to pretty that avoids any strangeness if it sounds odd to you.

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