Is this sentence natural? It doesn't look bad on you. dress, outfit etc.
Sep 22, 2012 9:10 PM
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It depends on the nuance of what you are (really) aiming to say... NOT BAD! - the effect of saying this can vary on the tone of voice. (Therefore, the exact intent is ambiguous when written.) It can be A NICE COMPLIMENT or it can be NEUTRAL, or it can be NEGATIVE. This all depends on the tone of voice. When I first read what you have written, I was inclined to think that you are being a bit critical. Is that the intent? MORE POSITIVE: NICE DRESS - IT LOOKS GREAT ON YOU! YOU WEAR IT WELL! NOT TOO SHABBY! NEUTRAL: SO-SO. NOT BAD. NOT TOO BAD. IT'S OKAY.
September 22, 2012
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