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    #1

    Red face put the adverb "too"

    Could someone put the adverb "too" into below sentence to make it natural:
    "It is a big dog" .How many ways to place this adverb?
    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Hi, trueheart.
    Please let me try.

    It, too, is a big dog.
    It is a big dog, too.
    It is too big a dog.

    These are all I can think of.
    (I think they are all grammatical, but...I feel something unnnatural.
    It might be because the original sentence is too simple!)

    Please wait for naitive speakers' reply.

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    #3

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    What about "It is a too big dog"

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    #4

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Not as a natural English sentence, no. If, as part of a discussion, people have agreed that "too big" is a specific type of dog that they've been talking about, it might be possible but I would put it in quotes.

    We've got three types of dog here today: small, big and too big! A chiahuahua is a "small" dog. A German Shepherd is a "big" dog. For me, a Rhodesian Ridgeback is a "too big" dog.

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    #5

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    What about "It is a too big dog"
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I believe that your sentence is fine if you change the order of the words a bit -- just as tzfujimino told us:

    Wife: Why won't the manager of our new apartment let us bring our darling dog with us?

    Husband: She says that it is too big a dog for that small apartment.

    "It is a too big dog" is not idiomatic (that is, native speakers have decided not to use their language that way).

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    Here is how A Grammar of Present-Day English by Pence & Emery explains it:

    "Sometimes the article a (an) is placed immediately before a noun ["a dog"] that is modified by an adjective ["big'] or an adjective that in turn is modified by an adverb ["too big"]."

    Here is an example that they give. (The dialogue is only my idea)

    Mona: Everyone in country X is intelligent.

    Tom: Well, yes, the people in country X are, indeed, very intelligent, but I think that to say everyone there is intelligent

    is too sweeping a statement. ("sweeping" = wide. In other words, there must be some people in country X who are

    NOT intelligent.)


    *****

    Here are some more examples from Harper's English Grammar by Dr. John B. Opdycke:

    too severe a strain
    too great a sacrifice


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    #6

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Hi,

    The Parser, this is the example you gave:
    Tom: Well, yes, the people in country X are, indeed, very intelligent, but I think that to say everyone there is intelligent is
    too sweeping a statement.


    Is it ok if I say:
    [...] but I think that to say (or saying that) everyone there is intelligent is a
    too sweeping statement.
    (In this case 'sweeping' works as an adjective, and in the original one it plays a verb, right?)

    Thank you.
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    #7

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Hi,

    The Parser, this is the example you gave:
    Tom: Well, yes, the people in country X are, indeed, very intelligent, but I think that to say everyone there is intelligent is
    too sweeping a statement.


    Is it ok if I say:
    [...] but I think that to say (or saying that) everyone there is intelligent is a
    too sweeping statement.
    (In this case 'sweeping' works as an adjective, and in the original one it plays a verb, right?)

    Thank you.
    Hi!
    It's too complicated a question to answer!
    Please go to : https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...-merchant.html

    TheParser has kindly given another explanation for this one.

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    #8

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Living and learning! As he said, "we have to accept"

    It sounds ok for me hearing It's a cute dog, and odd hearing It's cute a dog! I'll study that in deep until I absorb this new information.
    Last edited by BrunaBC; 26-May-2012 at 17:17. Reason: typo
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    #9

    Re: put the adverb "too"

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    It sounds ok for me hearing It's a cute dog, and odd hearing It's cute a dog!
    It's cute a dog is not natural English. People in this thread have been discussing sentences with too + adjective + a + noun.

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