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    "a little" modifiying an attributive adjective

    He is an a little poor boy.

    Is this sentence correct or at least possible?

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    Re: "a little" modifiying an attributive adjective

    I can imagine it said, semi jokingly, with careful stress and pausing.

    In writing? well, I had to read it four times before I understood it. I was a more than a little confused reader.

    Interestingly, as soon as I had written that last sentence, it seemed less unlikely to me than yours. Perhaps it was the underlined words that confused me: He is an a little poor boy.

    Or perhaps it's because I may be a little confused, but I don't think I am likely to be a little poor.

    Or (will this never end?) it's because the idea of a poor little boy came to mind and muddied the waters.

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    Re: "a little" modifiying an attributive adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    I can imagine it said, semi jokingly, with careful stress and pausing.

    In writing? well, I had to read it four times before I understood it. I was a more than a little confused reader.

    Interestingly, as soon as I had written that last sentence, it seemed less unlikely to me than yours. Perhaps it was the underlined words that confused me: He is an a little poor boy.

    Or perhaps it's because I may be a little confused, but I don't think I am likely to be a little poor.

    Or (will this never end?) it's because the idea of a poor little boy came to mind and muddied the waters.
    I just took the first example that came to my mind. "Confused" is better I think.

    I'm not asking out of mere curiosity. I happened to trip on this while speaking. I don't remember the actual adjective I wanted to use but I remember I had no idea whether to use "an a little" or just "a little".

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    Re: "a little" modifiying an attributive adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    I had no idea whether to use "an a little" or just "a little".
    If you were going to use it, it would have to be an a little. Without an it would mean a small, impoverished boy.

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