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What and Such: again!
Constructions using WHAT and SUCH: Revise lesson 110097 test. After correcting an exercise on the Forum, I have realized that a few details needed to be repeated... Here, we'll still have to express emotions and reactions in front of events.
COUNTABLE NOUNS in the singular are preceded by the indefinite article : a /an ( Do not imitate the French word order. There is NO subject/verb inversion in English, in exclamative clauses).
- What a wonderful car your father has!
* The subject and the verb may be omitted.
- What a marvel! = What a marvel it is!
* In the plural, of course, nouns are not preceded by a/an ! (It becomes 0)
- What smart swimming suits you have, girls!
1. After WHAT and SUCH the indefinite article must be used IN FRONT OF COUNTABLES IN THE SINGULAR:
- What a cute baby! => It's such a cute baby!
2. Let's now examine abstract nouns, expressing concepts, feelings, that are 'abstract': they can neither be counted nor touched.
- What friendship you can feel between those two!
BEWARE! This rule doesn't change if one, or several adjectives are added to the abstract nouns.
- You can feel such strong and durable friendship between them that nothing will change this link.
- They had lived such deep, unquestionable, unfailing love for all those years that they decided to die together.
- What a pity! What a shame! (Such a shame!)
- What a mess! (Such a mess!)
- What a nuisance! (It's such a nuisance!)
Now, you're ready... or should be... Let's go!
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