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    #1

    He was too honest a merchant? He was a too honest merchant?

    WHich one is correct grammatically ?

    1.He was too honest a merchant.
    2. He was a too honest merchant.

    My grammar book says 1 is correct. Is it true? If it is , why?

    Why not 2?

    thx.

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    #2

    Re: He was too honest a merchant? He was a too honest merchant?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    WHich one is correct grammatically ?

    1.He was too honest a merchant.
    2. He was a too honest merchant.

    My grammar book says 1 is correct. Is it true? If it is , why?

    Why not 2?

    thx.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Wotcha.

    (1) One grammar book says that a sentence like No. 2 IS

    grammatical.

    BUT it is NOT idiomatic. That is, native speakers have

    decided that the order of No. 1 SOUNDS better to them.

    (2) Some more examples:

    How excellent a view.

    So sweet a story.

    Too great a sacrifice.

    Such an expression.

    Such a good friend.


    (3) This book says that "a so sweet story"/ "a how excellent view" and

    other expressions in "correct" order would sound "awkward" and

    "ridiculous" to the ears of native speakers.

    (4) Learners should just accept these exceptions (such as "many a

    boy") as IDIOMS.

    ***** Thank you for your question *****

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    #3

    Re: He was too honest a merchant? He was a too honest merchant?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Wotcha.

    (1) One grammar book says that a sentence like No. 2 IS

    grammatical.

    BUT it is NOT idiomatic. That is, native speakers have

    decided that the order of No. 1 SOUNDS better to them.

    (2) Some more examples:

    How excellent a view.

    So sweet a story.

    Too great a sacrifice.

    Such an expression.

    Such a good friend.


    (3) This book says that "a so sweet story"/ "a how excellent view" and

    other expressions in "correct" order would sound "awkward" and

    "ridiculous" to the ears of native speakers.

    (4) Learners should just accept these exceptions (such as "many a

    boy") as IDIOMS.

    ***** Thank you for your question *****

    Thanks a million!

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