Questions tagged [big-mess-construction]

For questions about the special word order adjective + indefinite article ("a" or "an") + noun, as in the sentences "You're too good a friend" or "How big a problem will that be?"

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What is the difference in the usage of “so big a house” and “a so big house”?

Both of them I have seen often. Can I use them interchangeably?
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Grammatical structure: Too kind a girl

Is this structure correct? Too + adjective + article + noun For example: She's too kind a girl to refuse making tea. Is this correct? Thanks.
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Is “in so unpleasant a manner” actually grammatical in English? Why?

I guess "in so unpleasant a manner" is the same as "in such an unpleasant manner". But what is the grammatical construction of the former? The whole sentence is: He would not have sacked her in so ...
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comparative adjective + a + noun

a) When can I use "comparative adjective + a + noun" and when not? When can I add "a + noun" after "comparative adjective" and when not? b) What is the difference between "comparative adjective + a + ...
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“As good a deal as you'll ever get”

I've identified a part of English speech where I always become stuck. Some examples will illustrate: "He's as great a man as you will ever find." // Fine "It's as good an option as you could ...
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Making sense out of the big mess construction

Most grammarians are trying to analyze the big mess construction as a noun phrase, but it seems to me that the construction is actually headed by an adjective. Mary was good Here, "good" is a ...
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“too big a” vs “a too big” [duplicate]

Here is the sentence I'm having a trouble with: ... a world that seems too big a place for any individual to contribute something unique. Why does it say "too big a" and not "a too big"? I ...
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If I can say “not that good a review,” does that mean I can say “not that good reviews”?

I'm new to the template, so please forgive my ignorance of this community's parlance, formalities. I'd imagine that many here have seen the construction: "Adjective + Article + Noun," as in "so fine ...
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Why does “too [adjective] a [noun]” require the determiner to come *after* the adjective?

Example: John is too good a person to do something like that. If you can say John is "a very good person to do something like that", then why not "a too good person to do something like that?" Why ...
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“You're too clever a man”

You're too clever a man to imagine this. The above sentence was said by George Galloway, a man of excellent rhetorical skills. Since he said it, I doubt it's wrong, grammatically. But, I wonder if ...
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that adjective [of] a noun [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “How big of a problem” vs. “how big a problem” I was recently typing along on this site, when I found myself typing . . . that big [of] a list. and ...
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“How big of a problem” vs. “how big a problem”

Quite a few phrases in English are constructed like so: How [adjective] a [noun]...? This is the question form of the construction, which is often answered with the negative: Not that [...