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  1. Key Member
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    a coat looks bad on you as if you were a coat hanger

    Hello,

    Suppose that I am very very thin and I look like a bag of bones. One day my wife made up her mind to buy me a coat. (To tell you the truth, I hate coats). I said to her: Do you expect me to put on this article of clothing? You must be joking. She said to me: I want you to wear it each time it is windy, cold or it rains. I won't do it. All I can do is try it on. I said to her: Well, how do I look? She answered: It hangs on you as if you were a coat hanger or It dangles from you like from a coat hanger.

    By using "It hangs on you as if you were a coat hanger or It dangles from you like from a coat hanger", I mean that I am very thin and the coat looks bad on me; the same appearance can be expected from a coat hanging on a coat hanger.

    How would you express the thought in everyday English?

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    Re: a coat looks bad on you as if you were a coat hanger

    You expressed the thought quite well.
    Not a professional teacher

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