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    funny of you

    Please help me.

    a.A man helps me on the way, and I say...
    "It's very kind of you."

    b.One of my friends say,"My nostrils flare when I'm in love," and I say,
    "It's very funny of you." ???

    I think a. is acceptable, but b....????
    I think it might be OK. The thing is...I've never heard of the expression.

    Thank you.

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    Re: funny of you

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Please help me.

    a.A man helps me on the way, and I say...
    "It's very kind of you."

    b.One of my friends say,"My nostrils flare when I'm in love," and I say,
    "It's very funny of you." ???

    I think a. is acceptable, but b....????
    I think it might be OK. The thing is...I've never heard of the expression.

    Thank you.
    Hi, Tzfujimino,
    Expressions like "it is kind of you", "it is nice of you" are used to say that someone's action shows a particular quality. So If I do something nice to you, you say "it is nice of you". Similarly, if I do something funny/terrible, you might say "it is funny/terrible of you". I feel that "it is nice/kind/terrible/funny" should be followed by "to do that/this" or "to say that/this".

    In "My nostrils flare" you do not do anything. Your nostrils do (flare). That's way "it is funny of you" does not quite work here. It does work when you perform a(n) (funny) action.
    Regards
    Banderas

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    Re: funny of you

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    Hi, Tzfujimino,
    Expressions like "it is kind of you", "it is nice of you" are used to say that someone's action shows a particular quality. So If I do something nice to you, you say "it is nice of you". Similarly, if I do something funny/terrible, you might say "it is funny/terrible of you". I feel that "it is nice/kind/terrible/funny" should be followed by "to do that/this" or "to say that/this".

    In "My nostrils flare" you do not do anything. Your nostrils do (flare). That's way "it is funny of you" does not quite work here. It does work when you perform a(n) (funny) action.
    Regards
    Banderas
    Thank you, as always, for the useful and easy-to-understand explanation.

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