I heard this in a movie yesterday:
That is great an option!
Why didn't he say:
That is a great option!
How does grammar desribe such inverted phrases? Where should I use this inverted order instead of the usual "an [adjective] [noun]"?
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My hunch is that OP misheard.
The inverted "great an option" form is used most frequently in specific constructs, such as "so [adjective] a [noun]" and "as [adjective] a [noun]". (Both of these, for what it's worth, are comparative constructs.)
Ex: That's not so great an option.
Ex #2: I'd rather not live in as large a house as this.
Ex #3: So great a surgeon is she that she could do this operation blindfolded.
Edit: Another context in which this occurs is in constructions of emphasis, such as: How lovely a film that was!
The only way I can make sense of the phrase
is if I put in a comma
which means "Here is an option, it's great to have it".