What a lovely meal ...

English translation: what a lovely meal that was!

02:41 Nov 8, 2020
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English term or phrase: What a lovely meal ...
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What a lovely meal that was!
What a lovely meal was that!
Yassine El Bouknify
Morocco
Local time: 18:05
Selected answer:what a lovely meal that was!
Explanation:
This is the normal EN word order; the reversal of 'was that' would not be used in normal speech, though such construction might be found in e.g. a poetic context.
If you think of the original expression as being 'That was a lovely meal', then to make the exclamation using 'what...!', we simply split the sentence in two and invert the elements.
No reference needed: this is just basic EN grammar.
Note that your inverted version might be found in some regional usages, or use by 'uneducated' people — but it could not be cnsidered correct 'standard' EN usage.
'We had a great time' > 'What a great time we had!'
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Tony M
France
Local time: 19:05
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5 +9what a lovely meal that was!
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what a lovely meal that was
what a lovely meal that was!


Explanation:
This is the normal EN word order; the reversal of 'was that' would not be used in normal speech, though such construction might be found in e.g. a poetic context.
If you think of the original expression as being 'That was a lovely meal', then to make the exclamation using 'what...!', we simply split the sentence in two and invert the elements.
No reference needed: this is just basic EN grammar.
Note that your inverted version might be found in some regional usages, or use by 'uneducated' people — but it could not be cnsidered correct 'standard' EN usage.
'We had a great time' > 'What a great time we had!'

Tony M
France
Local time: 19:05
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Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 297
Grading comment
Thank you

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