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Hi

He is rather slender these days, isn't he?

He looks rather slender these days, doesn't he?

I suppose that "look" is better in this case cause it says "these days." Am I right?
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Hi Mr Wordy

Sorry for mixing up the sentences. I'll consult the teacher again about the other two sentences and let you know his view.

Many thanks for discovering the mix-up.

Best wishes.
Mr Wordy
2. He isn't rather slender these days, is he?

4. He doesn't look rather slender these days, does he?
Much to my surprise, the English language teacher says that the two sentences are incorrect.
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It's a peculiarity of "rather."

If you substitute in "particularlly" then they are fine.
Many thanks, Barbara, for your input.
Yoong Liat
Mr Wordy
2. He isn't rather slender these days, is he?

4. He doesn't look rather slender these days, does he?

Much to my surprise, the English language teacher says that the two sentences are incorrect.
Good. We're all in agreement then.
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Hi Wordy

The only difference is you say the sentences are unnatural, but the English language teacher says they are incorrect. However, I think basically, as you said, we're in agreement.

Best wishes.
Yoong LiatThe only difference is you say the sentences are unnatural, but the English language teacher says they are incorrect. However, I think basically, as you said, we're in agreement.

The reason I said "unnatural" is that these sentences are just not used in practice, rather than being incorrect because they violate some grammatical rule.

In fact, one can dream up scenarios where the sentences are not completely impossible. For example:

Scene: Talking about someone who is extremely emaciated.

A: He looks rather slender, I think.

B: Well... He doesn't look rather slender, does he?

But despite these caveats, I have no doubt that your teacher and I are essentially saying the same thing.
I agree. Thanks again.
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Yes, he looks rather slender these days, doesn't he?

Hi

Don't you think that the word "slender" is inappropriate here. This word has rather a positive meaning, so it would be better to say "thin" or "skinny" or "emaciated"???

thanks

EDIT: the question is: Is he ill? He's lost a lot of weight.
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