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    His boyish good looks is or are ???

    1) His boyish good looks is/are an envy of many of friends.

    2) His boyish good looks comes/come from the inheritance of his father's genes.


    For the above 2 sentences, I hope an English teacher or a native speaker of English could tell me if I should use "is" or "are" for somebody's good looks.


    For my last question, please consider the sentence, "He put on weight and started to lose his looks." The noun word "looks" in plural form which usually refers to people's physical appearance, can I use it to refer to an object's physical appearance as in this example: "He has bought a new watch and its looks is horrible." Is the sentence grammatically correct?

    Thank you in advance for any advice from you all. I'll appreciate a lot.

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    #2

    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Plural. We don't say "good looks is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Note the correct expression:

    His boyish good looks are the envy of many of his friends.

    Your final sentence is ungrammatical. It's more natural to say "He has bought a new watch and it looks horrible."

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    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    can I use it to refer to an object's physical appearance as in this example: "He has bought a new watch and its looks is horrible."
    This doesn't work, and switching the verb to the plural won't really fix it.

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    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    This doesn't work, and switching the verb to the plural won't really fix it.
    Hi Tdol, thanks for the response. Do u mean that the noun "looks" which refers to someone's physical appearance, cannot be used likewise for an object's appearance? Just want to be sure about it. Thanks.

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    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Thanks to emsr2d2 and Rover_KE for your response. I appreciate your replies.

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    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Quote Originally Posted by confused123 View Post
    Do u mean that the noun "looks" ... cannot be used likewise for an object's appearance?
    'The area has a very seedy look to it.'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/look_2
    So I think it is possible to say 'His new watch has a horrible look to it'.

    Not a teacher.

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    Thanks to emsr2d2 and Rover_KE for your response. I appreciate your replies.
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    Re: His boyish good looks is or are ???

    Quote Originally Posted by confused123 View Post
    Hi Tdol, thanks for the response. Do u mean that the noun "looks" which refers to someone's physical appearance, cannot be used likewise for an object's appearance? Just want to be sure about it. Thanks.
    I think that look is mostly used for appearances that can be changed- a person can change their image, and Matthew's example of an area is the same. A watch is fixed and doesn't change.

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