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    #1

    "You are sweeter."

    "You are sweeter." This is common among some people in my locality when you ask them to judge something you bought such as a piece of clothes, watch, bag, and so on. Then, you say to your friend how do you see this? They say this is sweet, beautiful. Your reply is you are sweeter. How do I express that in correct English, please?


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    #2

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    Instead of 'a piece of clothes', say 'an item of clothing'.

    We'd say to our friends, not 'How do you see this?' but 'How do you like this?' or 'What do you think of this?'

    They'd say 'That's lovely/beautiful/really nice' or 'It really suits you/it looks good on you'.

    We'd reply 'Thank you; it's nice of you to say so' or 'I'm glad you like it'.

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    #3

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    You will occasionally hear people reply with something like Not as sweet as you, but I would stick to just thanking them. That sort of reply could sound odd and unfunny in English.

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    #4

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    On a cultural note, in the UK, only girls/women and possibly gay men would refer to a piece of clothing they just bought as "sweet" and they are also the same people who might refer to each other as "sweet". It's not the kind of conversation that straight boys or men would have in the UK.

    Until now, I have assumed that Odessa Dawn is male, mainly based on the profile picture. The context of this conversation would suggest to me (from a cultural point of view) that I am wrong and OD is female. However, if OD is male, he needs to be aware that this is not a conversation likely to be held between boys/men in English-speaking countries.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    That is used here in S. Arabia when a male consulting a female (of course they are lovers). I have not used such an expressing. However, I am used to hearing it.

    P.S.: I am a male.



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    #6

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    So if you buy a suit and show it to your wife/girlfriend, they might say "That's really sweet" and you would reply "Not as sweet as you!" Have I got that right?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: "You are sweeter."

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Have I got that right?
    Yes, you have. Thanks.

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