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    Can somebody explain the meaning of " A third of a cup"?
    Does it mean "One third of a cup" ?

    And is "This isn't a big of a deal" = "This is no big deal" ?

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    please show me some examples w/explanations. Thank you.


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    Default Re: A third of a cup ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Beetlejuice
    Can somebody explain the meaning of " A third of a cup"?
    Does it mean "One third of a cup" ?

    And is "This isn't a big of a deal" = "This is no big deal" ?

    ...A...Of A...

    please show me some examples w/explanations. Thank you.

    1. a third of a cup and one third of a cup mean, 1/3.

    2. This isn't that big of a deal ~ It's not that big of a deal means, It's important, but not as important as someone is making it out to be.

    Example
    Max: I got an email from my teacher, and I am afraid to open it because I think it's about the essay I wrote. I think I failed the course.
    Sam: Would you like me to read the email?
    Max: (nervous) OK.
    Sam: (reading the email) It's not that big of a deal. It says you passed the course, but that you need to improve your writing skills.

    Example
    Pat: Sam, wake up! You're late for work!
    Sam: Let me sleep. Being late for work isn't that big of a deal.
    Pat: Oh yes it is! Get up!

    Example
    Sam: Ouch! Pat, your cat just scratched me!
    Pat: Let's see the scratch.
    Sam: It hurts.
    Pat: You'll be OK. It's just a scratch.
    Sam: It hurts!
    Pat: It's not that big of a deal, Sam. It's only a scratch. The cat did even draw blood.

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    The comparative are of course fine (that/so/as big of a deal), but apparently you can also say, a big of a deal. Dunno if it's slang, incorrect or whatever....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    The comparative are of course fine (that/so/as big of a deal), but apparently you can also say, a big of a deal. Dunno if it's slang, incorrect or whatever....

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    Would you have a few examples handy? You see, in my dialect "It's (not) a big of a deal" is Not OK. Please teach me.

    It's not such a big deal. :D
    It's not that big of a deal. :D
    It's not a big deal. :D
    It's not as big of a deal as you're making it out to be.
    It's (not) a big of a deal. :(

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    It might be :(, but I've already heard it. Maybe it's bad English, I told you I didn't know. You see, in every dialect people sometimes make mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    It might be :(, but I've already heard it. Maybe it's bad English, I told you I didn't know. You see, in every dialect people sometimes make mistakes.

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    Sorry. My point is that just because it's not OK in my dialect doesn't mean it's not OK in other dialects. :D I'd like to know more about "a big of a deal". Even if it turns out that it's not conventional, I'd still like to know more about it. Language changes as we speak, and it's the not-so-conventional forms that end up taking over, sort to speak. So, could you give me an example or two? I'd like to look at its form and distribution. That's what I do. Much appreciated. :D

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    Well, it was something like "it's not a big of a deal". Google finds some similar instances, too.

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    Unnecessary prepositions are creeping in and others are being omitted in colloquial language in the UK, so you will come across things like 'big or a deal', but I think most would regard it as bad English.

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