Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Feb 2012
    • Posts: 211
    #1

    A stroppy lot

    Dear Teachers

    What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to a storppy lot"? is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

    Please advise

    Regards

    Anthony

  1. shur2gal's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2013
    • Posts: 20
    #2

    Re: A stroppy lot

    Definition of stroppy (adj)

    bing.com ˇ Bing Dictionary
    stropˇpy
    [ stróppee ]



    • bad-tempered: bad-tempered and uncooperative



    "Very" just emphasizes, so it shouldn't change the meaning of the sentence.

  2. Raymott's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Jun 2008
    • Posts: 24,091
    #3

    Re: A stroppy lot

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear Teachers

    What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to be a stroppy lot"? is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

    Please advise

    Regards

    Anthony
    They mean the same - apart from the obvious quantitative difference between being "stroppy" and being "very stroppy".
    In case you were wondering: "a stroppy lot" means "a stroppy lot of people", not that they were "a lot stroppy", which isn't a proper construction.
    stroppy - definition of stroppy by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

  3. emsr2d2's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 41,822
    #4

    Re: A stroppy lot

    Quote Originally Posted by patran View Post
    Dear teachers Unnecessary

    What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to be a storppy stroppy lot"? Is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

    Please advise.

    Regards Unnecessary

    Anthony Unnecessary
    I assume that you accidentally omitted "be" in the first example, because "... people proved to a stroppy lot" makes no sense.

    It doesn't say they were "very stroppy" in the main sentence. If it meant that, it would have said "... proved to be a very stroppy lot". "Lot" is not used here in the same way as "a lot" meaning "many". It is a noun and it means "group of people".

    The XXX people proved to be a stroppy group of people.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] a lot of reading or a lot of readings
    By vestcil in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 27-Jul-2012, 20:29
  2. [Grammar] I saw a lot, learned a lot and felt a lot.
    By rainous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-Sep-2011, 08:00
  3. What mean 'knickers/stroppy knickers'?
    By marta21 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Dec-2008, 21:11
  4. many, a lot of
    By user_gary in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 19-Jul-2007, 13:20
  5. stroppy
    By Itasan in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 12-Dec-2005, 07:33

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •