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    what a adj / how adj

    You can say, "what a beautiful girl".

    Can you say, "what a nice English"?

    Can you say, "how nice your English"?

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    You can say, "what a beautiful girl".

    Can you say, "what a nice English"?

    Can you say, "how nice your English"?

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks
    You can say: What nice/excellant/beautiful English

    Or simply say - Excellant English

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    You can say, "what a beautiful girl".

    Can you say, "what a nice English"?

    Can you say, "how nice your English"?

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks
    What a nice English!
    How nice your English is !
    Both are OK.

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
    What a nice English!
    How nice your English is !
    Both are OK.
    Hi,
    You can't use "What a nice English?" here, what is an "English"? "English" is not a noun, you could say "What a nice Englishman", "What a nice English breakfast", etc.

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Hi bhaisahab.
    You wrote:
    "English" is not a noun.

    Sometimes 'English' can be used as a noun, but non-countable. That's why you don't need an infinite article a/an in front.

    e.g. He speaks English everyday.
    e.g. He speaks excellent English.

    But, you are right. English is not a noun in our previous discussions.

    What about "how excellent/nice your English is!"?
    Does that sound OK to you?

    Thanks

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi bhaisahab.
    You wrote:
    "English" is not a noun.

    Sometimes 'English' can be used as a noun, but non-countable. That's why you don't need an infinite article a/an in front.

    e.g. He speaks English everyday.
    e.g. He speaks excellent English.

    But, you are right. English is not a noun in our previous discussions.

    What about "how excellent/nice your English is!"?
    Does that sound OK to you?

    Thanks
    Hi Nefertiti,
    You are right of course, I neglected to say that in the context under dicussion it is not a noun.

    "How excellent/nice your English is!" Is perfectly ok.Very polite actually.

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi bhaisahab.
    You wrote:
    "English" is not a noun.

    Sometimes 'English' can be used as a noun, but non-countable. That's why you don't need an infinite article a/an in front.

    e.g. He speaks English everyday. I agree
    e.g. He speaks excellent English. I did not see it before.... I am rather stumbled on: He speaks an excellent/ a good English. And he speaks well.

    But, you are right. English is not a noun in our previous discussions.

    What about "how excellent/nice your English is!"? Right enough - How strong/mean/beautiful you are, too
    Does that sound OK to you?

    Thanks
    Not a teacher at all - just from France.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 27-May-2008 at 12:42.

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Hi bhaisahab or any native speaker.

    Is it OK to say, "what nice/excellent English!!!" meaning someone's English is real good/excellent?

    I saw someone using "what nice weather!". Is it appropriate usage? Shouldn't it be 'how nice the weather is!'?


    Thanks.


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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi bhaisahab or any native speaker.

    Is it OK to say, "what nice/excellent English!!!" meaning someone's English is real good/excellent?

    I saw someone using "what nice weather!". Is it appropriate usage? Shouldn't it be 'how nice the weather is!'?


    Thanks.
    Yes - perfectly acceptable.

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    Re: what a adj / how adj

    summary:

    1. what a adj/zero adj singular n. (countable)
    e.g. What a lovely girl!
    e.g. What a pity!
    e.g. What a great show!
    e.g. What a nice dress!

    2. what adj plural n. (countable)
    e.g. What nice pants!
    e.g. What beautiful clothes!
    e.g. What dull movies!

    3. what adj n. (non-countable)
    e.g. What nice/excellent English!
    e.g. What nice/lousy weather!
    e.g. What nice dress! <------------ oops, I made a mistake. Thanks, bhaisahab. Someone's still awake.

    4. how adj s v
    e.g. How nice/lousy the weather is!
    e.g. How nice she wears!
    e.g. How dull the movies are!
    e.g. How lovely the girl is!
    e.g. How great the show is!
    Last edited by Nefertiti; 30-May-2008 at 08:22.

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