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    #1

    Accent you could cut with a knife

    Hello,

    Does the sentence sound natural?

    "He comes from France, but his English is perfect, no accent you could cut with a knife."

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Accent you could cut with a knife

    No.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: Accent you could cut with a knife

    No. You can describe a heavy, hard-to-understand accent as being so thick you could cut it with a knife. You wouldn't use that expression, even with a negative, to describe the absence of an accent.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: Accent you could cut with a knife

    The only way I would combine the phrase with a negative would be in something like "Unlike many of his compatriots, he does not have an accent you could cut with a knife."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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