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I want to compliment someone for her good cooking skills. How do I say it?

"Your cooking skills is great!"

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"Your cooking skills are great!"

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"Your cooking skill is great!"

Not sure which to use. Can someone explain the correct usage?

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How about, "You are a culinary artist!" –  J.R. Mar 2 '13 at 17:44
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The middle one, 'your skills are great' is correct because 'skills' is a plural form. Cooking is generally thought of in this way, even if your friend is only good at one aspect, like making cakes, etc.

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It sounds a bit - no, a lot - unidiomatic. As would "Your cooking skill is great!" "You're a wonderful cook!" hits the mark. "Her cooking skills are / skill is legendary" sounds fine, in a less intimate register. –  Edwin Ashworth Mar 2 '13 at 10:35
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