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A student I have been volunteering with asked me which of the following sentences are grammatically correct and why.

  1. The chairs are of good quality.

  2. The chairs have good quality.

The first sounds correct to me. Is this because the use of are is used to state a fact and the use of have is more related to possession?

Thank you.

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    Good quality is a rating. It is an element in a rating system. Ratings aren't possessed by the thing being rated, they are possessed by the rating system. Bo Derek is a ten. *Bo Derek has a ten. This scale has ten as the top score. – Phil Sweet Oct 25 '17 at 2:33
  • "Quality" in this instance is an adjective, not a noun. – AndyT Mar 20 '18 at 9:43

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