Student or Learner
When someone asks me how good listener/talker/writer I am, what should I say?
Should I say "I'm good of listener/talker/writer" or should I say "I'm good of A listener/talker/writer"?
Thanks in advance
But I've heard people say "Good of", that's why I asked.
Is saying "I'm not that good listener" any different from saying "I'm not that good of/good of a listener"?? Don't know.. Just asking..
"I'm not that good a listener."
How good a violinist is he?
He's a pretty good violinist.
You will hear it only, if I am not incorrect, in the negative form and with the word "that" introducing it. I have never heard "I am not good of..." or "I am good of a..." or "I am that good of a..."
It seems to be an idiom, so far as I can tell. Is it correct? And is it only heard in the USA? Perhaps others can say.
By the way, in some circumstances it can be used as a comparison.
"Are you going to be playing your violin in Carnegie Hall?"
"Well, thank you for the suggestion, but I'm not that good of a violinist."
Here the emphasis on "that" shifts the meaning somewhat.
Thank you for bringing this. I'd never thought of it before.
Another usage of 'good of' - perfectly (and unarguably) acceptable is as used here: 'It was good of you to think of me'. (When I say 'perfectly acceptable' I'm talking about now; in such contexts, the norm used to be 'good in', and my grandfather wouldn't have regarded it as acceptable, but as a regrettable modernism).