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    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

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    Anthony

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    Re: A stroppy lot

    Definition of stroppy (adj)

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    strop·py
    [ stróppee ]



    • bad-tempered: bad-tempered and uncooperative



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

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    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.

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    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.

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