I was replying an email sent by a friend and I wrote "Thanks Mark, interesting the comment from John!"

Basically I was trying to say that John made a good comment about a magazine article.

I feel I keep using italian structures in my brain... but they sound unnatural in English: what preposition or sentence should I have used?

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I think a more natural way to say it would be:

Thanks, Mark. That was an interesting comment from John!

The present tense could also be used:

Thanks, Mark. That's an interesting comment from John!

The reason you can use either past or present tense is because:

  • The comment was made and sent in the past (so past tense is okay); however,
  • You still find the comment interesting (so present tense is okay, too)

You can also move the word interesting to the end:

Thanks, Mark. That comment from John is/was interesting.

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