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    Can you explain these words to me?

    Are there any differences in the meaning of these two words? "good-looking" and "nice-looking"? If I have to give one of this word to a guy, do they have exactly the same meaning?

    And are they both less strong than "gorgeous"?

    Can you also tell me the differences between these two expressions: "what about" and "how about"? When and How do I have to use them?
    For example, are they used correctly with the same meaning in these two sentence? "So, what about this evening?" or "So, how about this evening?" What does it change in the meaning?

    thanks in advance for the answers.

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    Re: Can you explain these words to me?

    Good-looking tends to refer to a person.
    "She's a good-looking girl."
    It can be used as a way to say "attractive" but is a bit more objective than that. You can call someone good-looking, without having to find them attractive yourself. But if you call someone attractive, you would generally mean that you find them attractive.

    Nice looking (no hyphen) would more likely be used to refer to an object.
    "She's wearing a nice looking dress."
    "I've just bought a nice looking painting."

    You may hear "good-looking" or even "attractive" being used to refer to an object, but it is usually an attempt to personalise the object. So for example, you may hear someone describing a car as good-looking, or even sexy, an old clock being described as handsome.

    Gorgeous is stronger than both, but can refer to either:
    "That girl is gorgeous."
    "The garden was gorgeous."
    "That sunset is gorgeous."

    In the context you wrote, "What about" and "How about" mean exactly the same thing. I think they're fairly interchangable. I can't think of an example where one would be preferred over another, but maybe someone else will think of something.

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    Exclamation Re: Can you explain these words to me?

    Both the words ‘good’ and ‘nice’ are adjectives and can be used to describe positively a person or an object. However ‘good’ has wider application than ‘nice’ in the sense that it can be used as noun and extended to express many things other than its basic meaning (“agreeable, pleasing in nature or appearance”), such as:
    (a) talented, skillful: He's good at playing gulf.= He is talented at playing gulf
    I am no good at numbers= I am not skillful with my tax calculation
    (b) beneficial for one's body or mind: Milk and cheese are good for your teeth and bones. = Milk and cheese are beneficial for you
    (c)suitable for some thing: This software program is good for doing financial documents= This software is suitable for doing financial documents.
    Similarly, though ‘nice’ has the same meaning as ‘good’, if you want to describe a guy as pretty and attractive with socially correct, refined or virtuous and at the same time put him/her in high esteem (with honor, respect, admiration), then ‘nice’ is preferable. She is a nice lady= She is a pretty, attractive and virtuous lady.

    Gorgeous is a more powerful word than ‘good’ and ‘nice’ with or without virtue.

    The basic difference between ‘What’ and ‘How’ is - while ‘what’ is a pronoun ‘how’ is an adverb. What is used in a question to get information about some thing while ‘how’ is used in a question to find what manner some thing is done or for what reason/in what condition some thing happened/existed. You sentences can be interptreted in the above lines as:
    "So, what about this evening?" = What are your plans this evening.
    "So, how about this evening?" = What manner you will execute your plans.

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    Re: Can you explain these words to me?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    Are there any differences in the meaning of these two words? "good-looking" and "nice-looking"? If I have to give one of this word to a guy, do they have exactly the same meaning?

    And are they both less strong than "gorgeous"?
    Good-looking means he is handsome, di bell'aspetto
    Nice looking means he looks friendly, kind, simpatico
    Gorgeous is much stronger than good-looking. You could call your brother good-looking (if he is).

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    Thanks so much for your explanations! :))

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