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Quel, quelle, quels, quelles + noun = What a ...

Look at these exclamations:

Quelle bonne idée !What a good idea!

Quel cadeau extraordinaire !What an amazing gift!

Quelles excuses minables !What lousy excuses!

Quels beaux enfants !What beautiful children!

To express an exclamation starting with what a + [noun] in French, you will use the exclamative adjective quel + [nom].

Also note that quel agrees in gender and number with the noun it refers to: quel, quelle, quels, quelles.

ATTENTION:
You never say: Quel un beau matin !

ATTENTION:

Quel + [noun] can also be used in a question to mean Which [thing]?. The only way to distinguish the two uses is context: you wouldn't say Which beautiful dress !
See also Questions: Quel, quels, quelle, quelles = Which / what ? 

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Quelle belle soirée !What a lovely evening!
Quels beaux enfants !What beautiful children!
Quelles excuses minables !What lousy excuses!
Quel cadeau extraordinaire !What an amazing gift!
Mon frère ? Quel mauvais joueur !My brother? What a sore loser!
Quelle surprise !What a surprise!
Quelle bonne idée !What a good idea!
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