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    #1

    using "rather"

    Which of the following sentences are right ?

    1:-She is a rather lazy girl.
    2:-She is rather a lazy girl.

    If both are right then please explain do they have same meaning or their meanings are different ?
    In 1st sentence rather is used as adverb
    In 2nd sentence (if correct) rather is till adverb or is it adjective or something else ?

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    Re: using "rather"

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    Hello, Sahil Dhankhar:

    According to Michael Swan in his Practical English Usage, both sentences are correct and mean the same.

    Mr. Swan gives these examples [emphasis is mine]:

    1. Jane's had a rather good idea."

    2. Jane's had rather a good idea."


    According to my dictionaries, "rather" is parsed (analyzed) as an adverb in both sentences.

    According to Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, most authors seem to prefer the word order of sentence #1.



    James

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    #3

    Re: using "rather"

    In AmE, I would not use #2 in either case.

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    Re: using "rather"

    2 is OK in BrE.

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