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In the dictionary I found that the word conversation can either refer to one particular interchange, or to one's general ability to talk to others. In this latter sense, is it possible to use the word conversation with an adjective to describe it? For instance, is the following sentence correct?

You should meet her. She has an interesting conversation.

Or would one of these alternatives be better?

You should meet her. You would benefit a lot from her conversation.

You should meet her. She has a lot of conversation.

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    The first example is non-idiomatic, but I assume it's intended to mean she's likely to converse on one particular topic (which is inherently interesting, or which she talks about in an interesting way), OR that she's interesting conversationalist in general (even when talking about things which wouldn't normally be thought of as "interesting"). Your alternatives both have different meanings, in that they introduce new concepts - whether the addressee would benefit from conversing with her, and how much she talks (or how many topics she converses on). – FumbleFingers Apr 16 '18 at 17:12
  • ...we don't usually say She has an interesting conversation in this context (her conversation is interesting) because it conflicts with the more common usage referring to the act of conversing (as opposed to "possessing" the attribute of being an interesting conversationalist). I suggest You should meet her. Conversation with her is interesting, but if you want to stick closer to your original syntax, perhaps She [can] carry an interesting conversation (but some might say that's a somewhat dated/stilted usage today). – FumbleFingers Apr 16 '18 at 17:21
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    A common way of putting this is "You should meet her. She always has something interesting to say" - or, "You should meet her. She always has something interesting to share/going-on/on-her-mind" ... by suggesting meeting her would expose those things to you, it also suggests she would be fairly open and talkative without mention unless an additional tip to 'ask them about " was included. – Tom22 Apr 16 '18 at 18:29
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    'A conversation' can only refer to the exchange of talk on a particular occasion - 'We had an interesting conversation'. It would be possible to say 'She makes interesting conversation' when speaking of someone's conversational gifts in general. – Kate Bunting Apr 17 '18 at 8:08
  • @KateBunting thank you. This dictionary actually says the opposite to your statement: dictionary.com/browse/conversation. One of the definitions is "the ability to talk socially with others". – Oliv Apr 17 '18 at 14:00
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A noun to describe a person's gift for conversation could be used. I've heard conversationalist used in that case.

As in: She's a good conversationalist.

Or simply: She has a gift for conversation?

  • A much better alternative. But not an actual answer to OP's question. – Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '18 at 18:51
  • I agree it is not an actual answer to the question, but the question seemed to indirectly ask for alternatives, so I thought it would be nice to suggest a better alternative. I hope that is not inappropriate, I'm a novice on this site, so my form is still a little rough on the edges. – Plume Apr 17 '18 at 19:20

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