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    look nice on/at

    Hello everybody,

    Can you say: the clothes don't look nice at you?

    or does it have to be: the clothes don't look nice on you?

    Thanks for your help!


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    Re: look nice on/at

    The clothes look nice on you.

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    Re: look nice on/at

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunshine View Post
    Hello everybody,

    Can you say: the clothes don't look nice at you?
    No, that's wrong
    or does it have to be: the clothes don't look nice on you?
    Yes
    Thanks for your help!
    Or:
    The clothes don't suit you.
    The clothes don't become you (uncommon)

    In fact, with negatives like this, it is very common to add 'very'.
    The clothes don't look very nice on you.
    This does not mean what it at first appears to. It doesn't mean "They look nice, but not very nice". It means they look "not nice at all".

    Here are some more examples of this use of "not very".
    You're not very smart, are you? (You're not smart at all).
    He didn't do very well in his exam. (He did badly).
    That's not a very nice thing to say! (That's a terrible thing to say).

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