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    Default A Nominal Phrase

    Could anyone please tell me the meaning of this nominal phrase,

    "an ugly dog of a name", in the sentence

    " I grew up with an ugly dog of a name, one i love because i thought it was weird and unlovable" ?

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    Default Re: A Nominal Phrase

    A dog is something unpleasant or ugly, so the name was an ugly one.

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    Default Re: A Nominal Phrase

    Thanks, tdol.

    I just don't understand why "an ugly dog" is a modifier in this nominal phrase instead of a stem part.

    It is different from other phrases, like " the legs of the table", where "legs" is the centre of the phrase, "table", modifier.

    Are there any grammatical explanations on this?

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    Default Re: A Nominal Phrase

    'Dog' modifies because it changes the meaning, so it is closer to adjectival in function:
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    A dog of a manager = the type of manager

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