Hi, would be glad if I could have an opinion on this:

Ray: Well, I live on my own far away from the city with a couple of hobbies to help me pass the time...
Rick:Gee, don't you feel lonely?
Ray: I like lonely!

Is the bit in bold acceptable in conversational language? I'm asking this because I've heard it being used on TV.

Many thanks.
Gilbert
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Yes, it's a "cute" way of speaking, Gilbert, especially in a conversation.

Of course, we could say that ellipsis is involved and that he's really saying I like (being) lonely. But I think Ray is really just focusing on that adjective in his reply. And it does sound short and sweet to us.

In fact, if you could hear him say that reply, the stress would be on the word like.
Thanks for ironing that out, Richard.

Richard, out of curiosity, if a student spoke (or wrote) that way in a formal English Language class, would we need to correct him/her or can we accept that kind of language as being grammatically correct?

Cheers,
Gilbert
That's quite a question, my friend! Wink

To my way of thinking, if it works, i.e., if it seems to fit grammatically and doesn't interfere at all with our comprehension -- in fact, if it actually may make us sit up and take notice -- I'd accept it. Why not? If your student is that in control of the language, good for him or her! Smile
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if a student spoke (or wrote) that way in a formal English Language class


Why a formal English class?! May I ask where you teach English, Gilbert?
You know, gone are days when language classes were formal. All modern teaching methods and principles advocate a rather informal, friendly, stress-free setting. Only some third world countries might still have formal classes.
Before we severely get off the topic at hand, let's look again at what Gilbert is asking about. It has nothing to do with register or key (spoken level of formality and written level of formality respectively). He just wants to know if the creation or use of a sentence like "Feel the clean" could be considered acceptable in a class where the focus is on formal, standard language.

(By the way, Gilbert, did you mean a formal classroom setting, or did you mean formal language?)
Thank you for those great responses, everyone.

No, Mehrdad, I don't teach English. And Richard is spot on. I was referring to a classroom setting where English is supposed to be taught and learned formally.

Btw, Richard, my friend, it's "I like lonely" not "Feel the clean" - Hee, hee!

I do like Jerry's suggestion, though...

Thanks.
Gilbert
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1. of an unusually noticeable or exceptional or remarkable kind (not used with a negative); "her victory was quite something"; "she's quite a girl"; "quite a film"; "quite a walk"; "we've had quite an afternoon"

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