What a lovely dress! Paying and accepting compliments.

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Liz Walter
Paying compliments (telling someone that you like something about them) is an important part of communication, not only between friends but also at work and in other situations. This blog looks at phrases you can use not only to give someone a compliment but also – often harder – to accept a compliment in a polite and friendly way.

There are several simple phrases that can be used in lots of situations:

What a lovely dress/photo/garden!

I love/really like your apartment/poem/hair/coat!

However, most compliments depend on what it is you want to praise. For example, for clothes you could say:

You look lovely in that dress/those trousers.

You’re looking very smart today.

That jacket/colour really suits you.

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