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    Dear teachers,


    Donít put the TV set in too warm a place.

    Could you please kindly explain the structure of "too+adjective+a "? I can't find it in my dictionary.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: too

    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,


    Donít put the TV set in too warm a place.

    Could you please kindly explain the structure of "too+adjective+a "? I can't find it in my dictionary.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) from A Grammar of Present-Day English, by Professors Pence and Emery:

    Sometimes the article a (an) is placed immediately before a noun that

    is modified by an adjective or an adjective that in turn is modified by an

    adverb:

    many a man

    such an expression

    so great an ordeal

    too sweeping a statement

    (2) From Harper's English Grammar, by Dr. Opdycke, I learned that

    we should say:

    so sweet a story

    too severe a strain

    how excellent a view

    The professor says that "a so sweet story," "a too severe strain," and

    a how excellent view" are "grammatical," but he says that they sound

    "awkward and ridiculous."

    His main point:

    Ear is the deciding factor in most such idioms.

    (3) Thus, "Don't put the TV set in a too warm place" may

    be grammatical, but it is definitely not idiomatic (that is, the

    way native speakers have decided to use their language).

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    Re: too

    HI TheParser,

    Thank you very much for your help. Now I understand it.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    (1) from A Grammar of Present-Day English, by Professors Pence and Emery:

    Sometimes the article a (an) is placed immediately before a noun that

    is modified by an adjective or an adjective that in turn is modified by an

    adverb:

    many a man

    such an expression

    so great an ordeal

    too sweeping a statement

    (2) From Harper's English Grammar, by Dr. Opdycke, I learned that

    we should say:

    so sweet a story

    too severe a strain

    how excellent a view

    The professor says that "a so sweet story," "a too severe strain," and

    a how excellent view" are "grammatical," but he says that they sound

    "awkward and ridiculous."

    His main point:

    Ear is the deciding factor in most such idioms.

    (3) Thus, "Don't put the TV set in a too warm place" may

    be grammatical, but it is definitely not idiomatic (that is, the

    way native speakers have decided to use their language).

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