Is this statement grammatically correct:

Only an Xbox One away from completing my Microsoft family.

I have a Microsoft Phone (Lumia 920), PC (Dell) and tablet (Surface Pro) and I just need a console now (Xbox One) so does that statement correctly tell a person that I just need an Xbox One now in order to complete my Microsoft [product] family (which includes phone, PC and tablet right now) ?

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    Sounds correct to me.
    – mplungjan
    Nov 12, 2013 at 13:42
  • I think it would sound better if you use "One Xbox" than "Xbox One" Nov 13, 2013 at 12:37

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It sounds a little awkward, because the object in question consists of two words, but this is a perfectly fine construction of a sentence.

As the comments pointed out, this word-swapping or phrase-swapping structure is one example of a snowclone.

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    Yes. 'Only _ _____ away from completing _ ____ ' is an example of a snowclone. Only five dragoons away from completing my Balaclava diorama. Nov 12, 2013 at 20:53
  • Ah, an absolutely wonderful expression. Only one wikipedia page away from completing this Snowclone reference.
    – Zibbobz
    Nov 12, 2013 at 21:41

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