Can I use the word “how” for praise in this way:

How they move!

I want to say that how beautifully they move. Is this a correct sentence?

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    Yes, "How they move!" would be short for "How beautifully/quickly/smoothly/exotically they move!" with the precise adverb depending on context.
    – Hot Licks
    May 14, 2020 at 1:21
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    How is of course only for adverbs; what is for nouns - What a horse! May 14, 2020 at 2:19
  • Great. Thank You! May 14, 2020 at 3:14

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The normal structure of an exclamatory sentence with 'How' is :

(1) How + adjective

e.g., "How beautiful!" "How nice!"

(2) How + Adjective/Adverb + Subject + Verb

e.g., "How happy (Adj) we were there!"

"How beautifully (Adv.) they move!"

However, you can omit this adverb and say :

"How they move!"

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