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I was wondering how you could use talk about with friend to show

  • disappointment
  • contentment

in a friend.

For example, to be critical you could say: Some friend he is!

And to be flattering you maybe ... not sure... might say: Quite a friend he is

I would like to see an example for each case using talk about friend. I noticed that talk about could be used with adjectives as well as nouns.

2 informal - used to emphasize the size, amount, or extent of something

  • Talk about rain! I've never seen it rain like this in my entire life!

  • Talk about having a bad day. I had the worst day ever!

  • Talk about short. She's only four feet tall!

Merriam Webster's Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Edit:

  • A positive articulation:Talk about best friends! Dylan has never failed me. He's always been there

  • A negative articulation:Talk about friends! Jerry told Dad I was smoking again; such a fink.

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    Can you clarify what you're asking? Are you trying to talk about a particular friend? Say someone is a good friend or bad friend? Or what?
    – Tim S.
    Jul 19 '16 at 12:52
  • Yes, that is exactly what I want
    – learner
    Jul 19 '16 at 12:55
  • I cannot find any confirmation of this in any of the online dictionaries, but my impression is that talk about is generally used when we want to introduce a negative description of something. "Talk about stupid... you can see his lips moving when he is reading". "Talk about slow... he offered me a cup of tea but I was dying of thirst by the time he had made it."
    – JavaLatte
    Jul 19 '16 at 13:59
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The phrase

talk about something

is used to emphasize how extreme something is, either positive or negative. It can be used to introduce a new subject or comment on an existing topic, especially in conversation.

Talk about strong coffee, you could stand a spoon in it.

here

Talk about fast, he can out run a cheetah.

here

Talk about high heels, she was basically standing on her toes!

here

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    Thanks Peter. How about, "Talk about best friends! Dylan has never failed me. He's always been there"
    – learner
    Jul 19 '16 at 19:11
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    and how about this negative one, "Talk about friends! Jerry told Dad I was smoking again; such a fink."
    – learner
    Jul 19 '16 at 19:13
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    @lerner Both of those are correct and understandable.
    – Peter
    Jul 19 '16 at 19:26

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