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I struggle with the transformation of a declarative sentence with "a lot" into exclamative. I am familiar with the rule but I am not sure in this specific case:

He talks a lot.

will be

How lot he talks!

or

What a lot he talks!

I am inclining to the first option since "a lot" is an adver, but the indefinite article is kind of confusing.

Thanks a lot!

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  • "How he talks a lot!" is possible.
    – BillJ
    Jun 5, 2020 at 8:47

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It doesn't seem to me that this "converts into eclamatory" very well, at least not so a native American-English speaker would think it natural. "What a talker he is!" is about the best I've come up with. Or "Man, he sure talks a lot!", where "Man" could be replaced with other interjections.

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