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    Cool Too

    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct: "There is a too large crowd outside around the house for me to go out. "

    Thanks
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    No, I do not think your sentence is fine.

    The position of 'too' is not okay.

    There is a too large crowd outside, around the house.
    There is a too large crowd outside, around the house, for me to go out.

    Try this:
    There is a crowd outside, around the house, (which is) too large for me to go out.

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    Re: Too

    outside, around the house?
    I think 'outside' is redundant.

    or you can say
    The crowd around the house is too large for me to go out.

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    Re: Too

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    outside, around the house?
    I think 'outside' is redundant.
    No, it is fine. Reduced place adverbial apposition. I agree, however, that by removing 'outside', meaning remains practically intact.

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    Re: Too

    I am trying to come up with a reasonable explanation for the grammar.

    for me to go out = tenseless clause functioning as an adjective complement; it defines in what respect is the crowd too large --> the complement that completes the meaning of 'too large', an adjective (hence the name 'adjective complement'), is adverbial in function.

    (too) large (for me) to go out
    (too large) place (for me) to go out

    Adjective complements do not complement noun phrases. In 'adjective complement', 'adjective' refers to the fact that an adjective is being complemented.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello,

    Is this sentence correct: "There is a too large crowd outside around the house for me to go out. "

    Thanks
    W
    "...too large/big a crowd outside..." is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "...too large/big a crowd outside..." is correct.
    Thank you bhaisahab. It's still not very clear to (or for?) me. Can we say a too large crowd /a too big crowd, or do we have to say too large a crowd, too big a crowd?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Thank you bhaisahab. It's still not very clear to (or for?) me. Can we say a too large crowd /a too big crowd, or do we have to say too large a crowd, too big a crowd?

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    "Too large a crowd/too big a crowd."

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    #9

    Re: Too

    What's the right preposition?

    It's not clear TO me?
    It's not clear FOR me?

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    Re: Too

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    What's the right preposition?

    It's not clear TO me?
    It's not clear FOR me?

    Thanks
    Usually we would say "not clear to me".

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