The only word that comes to my mind, is being literate, but that is just a person that can write altogether.

Is there something for people that can write in a "better" way; someone that just writes "fancier"?

For "Mr. Dave writes really good sentences" would you just say "Mr. Dave is literate in English" or is there a word that would fit in "Mr. Dave is ~insert word here~"?

I know that "writing good sentences" is kind of subjective but I hope I could bring my point across.

  • Mr. Dave is [very / highly / extremely] articulate. He speaks / writes very well. Apr 12, 2022 at 17:47
  • I assume that it also works in the sense of He can write *more articulate* sentences, right?
    – S-Flavius
    Apr 12, 2022 at 17:50
  • Strictly speaking, yes. But speaking as someone who considers himself relatively "articulate", I think it would be better to stick to using it to describe the attribute of a speaker / writer, rather than extending it to the competent speaker's actual utterances. That might just be a personal preference, though. Apr 12, 2022 at 17:54
  • I see. This answers the question. Thanks a bunch!
    – S-Flavius
    Apr 12, 2022 at 18:06
  • As Steve Martin says, “Some people have a way with words, and others… not… have way.”
    – Jim
    Apr 13, 2022 at 3:08

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Mr. Dave is a wordsmith. Mr. Dave is a good writer.

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    Exactly. Writing is always in sentences, so simply writing does the job. But, since writing is a learned and very difficult skill (as opposed to recognizing and drawing written words), some people are better at it than others. @Rederdex: Take a look at anything by John McPhee or Terry Pratchett to see what I mean. They're both very good writers; and they do it with sentences. Apr 13, 2022 at 18:58
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    @JohnLawler Ah, McPhee is the best.
    – Lambie
    Apr 13, 2022 at 19:03

You can write

Mr Dave can write fluently.
Mr Dave is fluent in English.

Lexico has


Able to express oneself easily and articulately.

We don't usually say that someone writes a good sentence. One expression is

Mr Dave has a good turn of phrase.

Farlex says of this

An eloquent style of writing or speaking.

and this suggests another way to talk about Mr Dave's ability:

Mr Dave is a very eloquent writer.

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