Here is a paragraph from an article published on Medium:

We’ve all been there — We know we must talk to a partner, family member, our boss, a colleague at work, or close a friend about something very important but we avoid the conversation because it could be uncomfortable and explosive.

Shouldn't it be a close friend? I haven't heard about close a friend. Kindly EXPLAIN WHY the author has used it instead of 'a close friend'.

closed as off-topic by Xanne, Jason Bassford, Hot Licks, JJJ, Mitch Aug 15 at 12:40

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    It should be "a close friend". It's a typo. – The Photon Aug 14 at 4:33
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it’s based on a typo. – Xanne Aug 14 at 4:42
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    Out of context, close a friend is not ungrammatical – just strange. It’s the opposite of open a friend. There aren’t many contexts in which people open and close their friends, though, so semantically it raises eyebrows. In your context, of course, that is not a possible interpretation, and it’s clear that it’s just a typo. The author probably started out with just a friend, then decided to add close, but accidentally added it on the wrong side of the a. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 14 at 5:52
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    I will note that there is the fairly common idiom "as close a friend as you could want". – Hot Licks Aug 14 at 11:45

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