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    smashing view

    There's a smashing view from her office.
    Jonathan would make a smashing dad.
    He looks smashing in his dinner suit.

    I know the meaning of smashing.

    But I don't understand (the first and second sentence).


    Please explain it.


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    Re: smashing view

    It means "great, wonderful, very good".


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    Re: smashing view

    Quote Originally Posted by black_velvet View Post
    It means "great, wonderful, very good".
    Thank you black_velvent

    That I know it.

    I want the meaning of this two sentences.

    There's a smashing view from her office.
    Jonathan would make a smashing dad.

    Please explain it.

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    Re: smashing view

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you black_velvent
    That I know it.
    I want the meaning of these two sentences.
    There's a smashing view from her office.
    Jonathan would make a smashing dad.
    Please explain it.
    It's actually what black velvet said. The meanings she gave would fit well in both sentences.
    So,
    There's a smashing view from her office.
    There's a fantastic/wonderful/impressive view from her office.
    Jonathan would make a smashing dad.
    Jonathan would make a wonderful dad.
    Btw, according to Cambridge Learner's dictionary, 'smashing' is an old-fashioned word
    smashing Show phonetics
    adjective UK OLD-FASHIONED
    extremely good or attractive
    We had a smashing time at Bob and Vera's party.
    (from Cambridge Learner's Dictionary)

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    #5

    Re: smashing view

    If you know what 'smashing' means, I guess the problems must be
    1 the meaning of 'there's a view'
    2 the meaning of 'would make a [role]'

    1 there's a view = it's possible to see a landscape. 'There's a smashing view' means either 'it gives you a good position from which to see [something]' or 'it provides a spectacular outlook'.

    2 'He would make a smashing father' means 'if he were a father, he would be a smashing one - indulgent/playful/sympathetic/resourceful/a good role model'. (There may be the implication that the speaker wishes the subject - 'he' - had the chance; a mother-in-law might say this to a young wife, meaning 'Isn't it time you settled down and gave me some grandchildren to play with?' )

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    Re: smashing view

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    If you know what 'smashing' means, I guess the problems must be
    1 the meaning of 'there's a view'
    2 the meaning of 'would make a [role]'
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    You are right Bobk. That is what my doubt.
    You understood my doubts and clarified it.

    Thanks to all friends and special thanks to you.

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