Good/great/lovely stuff!

These are collocations used for praising something. Can the combination of words "nice stuff" be used along with them?

  • Please give more context on questions like this. What is "something"? Tobacco? Marijuana? 15 year-old Scotch? A term paper? Charcoal sketches? Garden fertilizer? Recordings of Bach? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 23 '17 at 19:54
  • Some sentences written in the very neat and easily readable handwriting :) – Yulia Oct 23 '17 at 20:23
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    In AmE, "great stuff!" can refer to the content of what was written, but not to the penmanship itself, not unless the writing was an assemblage of calligraphic exercises or similar. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Oct 23 '17 at 20:55
  • Some sentences are an assemblage, no? – Yulia Oct 24 '17 at 8:11

Nice stuff makes sense, but it means "nice things". It is typically used as part of a sentence rather than as an exclamation - and if we did say "nice stuff!" as an exclamation, it would probably be in reference to some specific things.

Good stuff or great stuff or lovely stuff is used as an exclamation meaning "nice job!", "good work!", "good to hear!", etc, expressing satisfaction at a situation or at some news rather than referring to any tangible or specific objects. "Nice stuff" isn't used as an exclamation in that way.

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  • Thank you. I find it interesting since the adjective "lovely" means the same as "nice" does - "enjoyable, attractive". – Yulia Oct 22 '17 at 21:06
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    Good stuff et al. may be a British or Commonwealthism - it sounds odd to this USAnian. – stangdon Oct 22 '17 at 22:03
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    @stangdon - True, I agree – although it works in some contexts, such as where the "stuff" is intangible. (For example, if a comedian is in the middle of a good routine, or someone is sharing some juicy office gossip. In those cases, I can imagine someone saying, "This is good stuff!") – J.R. Oct 22 '17 at 23:02
  • @J.R. - True, it still works perfectly well if there is in fact "stuff"; I was a little too broad in my statement. It just isn't a generic (US) replacement for "good to hear", is all I meant. – stangdon Oct 23 '17 at 11:15

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