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    A with two different words

    Is the following sentence grammatially correct:
    Alex is a little timid teen.

    Can a be used for a little and a _____ teen simultaneously? Will such a sentence be properly understood (I mean that Alex is a little timid and that he is a teenager)? If not, how can I put it correctly with minimal changes?

    Or does the meaning here depend on the intonation only?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A with two different words

    Your sentence is fine.

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    Re: A with two different words

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is the following sentence grammatially correct:
    Alex is a little timid teen.

    Can a be used for a little and a _____ teen simultaneously? Will such a sentence be properly understood (I mean that Alex is a little timid and that he is a teenager)? If not, how can I put it correctly with minimal changes?

    Or does the meaning here depend on the intonation only?
    Your sentence could be easily misunderstood. As written, it is unclear whether he is small in stature and timid or whether he is a little timid. You could rewrite it "Alex is a teen who is a little timid".

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    Re: A with two different words

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your sentence could be easily misunderstood. As written, it is unclear whether he is small in stature and timid or whether he is a little timid. You could rewrite it "Alex is a teen who is a little timid".
    And, in a conversation, can proper intonation help avoid the ambiguity?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: A with two different words

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    And, in a conversation, can proper intonation help avoid the ambiguity?
    Possibly, but you can also change "little" to "slighly".

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