We often express exclamation like this -

Wow, what a car!

How do we express the body parts in pair in such way?

Wow, what sexy legs she has! Or Wow, what a pair of sexy legs she has?

This also sounds off to me

Look at him, what a pair of eyes he has! OR What eyes he has!

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    I would refer to legs as body parts. When you say organs, I think of liver, heart, etc. :) And when you do mention "a pair", make sure to follow it with the kind of pair you mean. "Oh what a sexy pair she has" will not make people think you mean her eyes ;) And a quick answer: the absence of the article is just fine.
    – oerkelens
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:33
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    "Goodness, what big eyes you have!"
    – J.R.
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:51
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    @oerkelens Oh, yeah! corrected. I'm a healthcare provider and always think of 'body organs' lol.
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:51
  • Interestingly enough, the eyes could be "parts" or "organs". (It depends on if we are talking about the way they sparkle, or the cataracts.) The legs, though? Those are parts.
    – J.R.
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:53
  • @oerkelens Where did I miss a pair of... and then not mentioning the body part?
    – Maulik V
    Feb 24, 2014 at 10:53

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There are a number of ways to exclaim about body part pairs, which vary in their level of politeness/formality/respect.

"Wow! She's got nice eyes/legs!"

is fairly respectful, but not formal, though this is more to do with the enthusiasm inherent in it being an exclamation, and depends on the body part to which you refer. "She's got beautiful eyes/a beautiful smile" is quite neutral.

"She's got a nice pair of legs!"

could be used, but it is not particularly polite or complimentary ("She's got a good set of legs!" is something you might say about a work horse, for example). You would not typically hear "pair of eyes" here - this just sounds clinical.

"(She's got a) nice pair!"

is rather vulgar plus typically means breasts.

"Look at those legs/eyes!"

(sexy/nice/whatever are implied).

"Look at the legs on her!"

is not very respectful, but is more so than "Look at the legs on that one!" One would probably not use "eyes" here.

"Whoa! Sexy/Nice legs/eyes!"

Not so respectful, as it is rather blunt, but is something you might say to a friend who's just got dressed up/made up (like, "Whoa! Nice haircut!")

"[Wolf whistle]!"

Not respectful!

Note: "Wow, what sexy legs/eyes she has!" is perfectly fine, but is generally not used because it echoes Little Red Riding Hood observing the wolf dressed as Grandma: "Grandma! What big ears you have!" ("All the better to hear you with, my dear.")

  • "Nice pins!" is something Brits say.
    – Deipatrous
    Aug 2, 2022 at 7:50

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