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    Arrow Formidable Of

    "How formidable a team are they?" "How formidable of a team are they?"

    Is one of them common but incorrect/nonstandard? I heard (and read) both versions everywhere.

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    Re: Formidable Of

    Quote Originally Posted by Milliep View Post
    Is one of them common but incorrect/nonstandard? I heard (and read) both versions everywhere.
    Yes, the structure "how + adjective + of + a + noun" is common but nonstandard.

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    Re: Formidable Of

    the structure "how + adjective + of + a + noun" is common but nonstandard.
    It is not common, and it is incorrect, as is 'how much of a + adjective'.

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    Re: Formidable Of

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is not common, and it is incorrect, as is 'how much of a + adjective'.
    It is very common in colloquial speech in the United States.

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    Re: Formidable Of

    Quote Originally Posted by ribran View Post
    It is very common in colloquial speech in the United States.
    Sorry. I was wrong - you are right.

    With 133 citations in COCA for "how + adjective + of + a + noun", it is not nearly as common as "how + adjective a + noun" with 1065, but it is certainy not rare.

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