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    Great a height?

    Hi,

    I've listened to a song "Death From Above" by Thrice and there is a verse "To play at God, play at God across such distances and from so great a height". My question is why "great a height"? At first I thought they put it in such order because it fits better when you sing it and after all you say "fall from a great height", but I've googled "great a height" and it appears in some books, etc., but it seems it's not so common. Can someone explain that because I would say "from so great height". I'm not native speaker so that's why I ask.

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    Re: Great a height?

    "So [adjective] a [noun]" is another way of saying "such a [adjective] [noun].

    I didn't know it had fallen from so great a height.
    I didn't know it had fallen from such a great height.

    I had no idea you had so narrow a mind.
    I had no idea you had such a narrow mind.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Great a height?

    Thanks, I get it, although I've never come across this structure before. I guess it's kinda archaic now.

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    #4

    Re: Great a height?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mcl87 View Post
    Thanks, I get it, although I've never come across this structure before. I guess it's kind of kinda archaic now.
    Not archaic, but rather formal.

    It's fine to write kinda in text messages, and in spoken AmE, we often reduce kind of to kinda. On this forum we don't use that kind of shorthand.
    I am not a teacher.

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