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Do you think the phrases, a look of disgust, a face of disgust, and a disgusted face can be used interchangeably? For example, do you think these sentences can be used interchangeably?

John looked at me with a look of disgust.

John looked at me with a face of disgust.

John looked at me with a disgusted face.

I am guessing the first sentence is the most idiomatic one. Do you think they can be used interchangeably?

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    This is nothing to do with grammar, so you're really just inviting us to vote in a "popularity contest". But here's a chart showing relative prevalence for these three expressions, so effectively that vote has already been taken. – FumbleFingers Mar 13 at 13:46
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    Except that 'look with a look of' is too repetitive. "Turned to me with a look of disgust" or simply "looked at me with disgust" (if it is the speaker who disgusts John). – Kate Bunting Mar 13 at 13:54
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    I was agreeing with @FumbleFingers that the first is much the most natural, except that (what I said before). – Kate Bunting Mar 13 at 14:04
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    I want the topic to be closed because as I said, it's nothing to do with grammar. It's just "writing advice". But for all my degree in English Literature, I didn't even notice that your first version is hopelessly clunky simply because of the repetition flagged up by @KateBunting. Which means not only are you presenting us with a "beauty contest" - we even have to include additional "contestants" of our own, because none of yours are good enough to be crowned the winner. – FumbleFingers Mar 13 at 14:11
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    @FumbleFingers This is a normal question that can be asked by an English learner in my opinion. – Fire and Ice Mar 13 at 14:23
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"Look of disgust" is the right phrase, but you would avoid repeating the word "look". Idiomatic sentences would be

John gave me a look of disgust.

John shot me a look of disgust.

A look of disgust was apparent on John's face

John's look of disgust told me all I needed to know.

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