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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“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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“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 [...
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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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“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 ...