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If we can say

  • XYZ is a very dangerous country

can we also say the following:

Germany is a too dangerous country.

Is the above sentence grammatical? If not, why?

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    Poor Germany, it's certainly one of the most pacific countries in the world today. – Mari-Lou A Jun 23 '17 at 12:36
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Technically, it's grammatical, but it's awkward; you'd never hear a native speaker say this.

You might hear, instead:

Germany is an excessively dangerous country.

Germany is too dangerous a country.

The latter is probably closer to the intended meaning, if I had to hazard a guess.

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    'Technically, it's grammatical'. What native speakers commonly use essentially defines grammaticality. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 '17 at 21:31
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    @EdwinAshworth I think the state of being grammatical is a separate issue from what English speakers commonly use, especially when one considers the richness of dialects in English and how they vary with how they phrase things. – Jim MacKenzie Jun 21 '17 at 21:34
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    'Technical grammaticality', when claimed to be different from what most (never mind 'all') native speakers would use, needs more supporting evidence than one person's say-so. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 '17 at 21:49
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    @EdwinAshworth Germany (subject) is (verb) a (article) too (adverb; modifying "dangerous") dangerous (adjective) country (object). Sounds pretty grammatical to me. It's poor style, but it's correct grammar. – Jim MacKenzie Jun 21 '17 at 22:21
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    Ah. Here's one (I couldn't find a better known author): English Grammar: A function-based introduction, Volume 1 – T. Givón << Some adverbs, such as too, seem to be more appropriate as modifiers of predicate adjectives rather than [attributively used] ones, although an alternative order seems to accomodate them. >> – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 '17 at 22:54

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