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I want to compliment someone for her good cooking skills, but I'm not sure whether it is more grammatical to use the plural or singular form of "skill". For example, should I use:

"Your cooking skills is great!"

OR

"Your cooking skills are great!"

OR

"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
    
I've edited this question a little to make it more about correct grammar, does this suffice for a re-open? –  Leo King May 5 at 17:20
    
@LeoKing, it is obviously a question about grammatical usage. I doubt your edit will make any difference. The way this site works is like meta: people who don't like it will find all kinds of reasons to close it. –  Question Overflow May 6 at 2:18
    
That doesn't seem consistent with my understanding of a meta, that sounds consistent with the definition of intransigence of stubbornness. –  Leo King May 6 at 5:39

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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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