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    not any sort of poker player

    John is not any sort of poker player; it is so obviously transparent when he has a winning hand.


    Hi,
    I have trouble in interpreting the above "any sort of poker player" in particular. So help please. Thanks,

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    'John is no good as a poker player; you can tell by his body-language when he has a good hand.'

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    John is not any sort of a poker player; it is so obviously transparent when he has a winning hand.

    Thanks, Rover, for your crystal clear reply. Btw, is it necessary to put "a" before poker player? Thanks

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    The indefinite article is not necessary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: not any sort of poker player

    It's not necessary in your sentence; it is in mine (post #2).

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    John is not any sort of a poker player; it is so obviously transparent when he has a winning hand.

    Thanks, Rover, for your crystal clear reply. Btw, is it necessary to put "a" before poker player? Thanks

    I agree that it is unnecessary. But it is very frequently heard in AmE.

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I agree that it is unnecessary. But it is very frequently heard in AmE.
    But the AmE idiom is he's not much of a poker player.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    It's the same in BrE.

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    Re: not any sort of poker player

    You might also hear 'isn't any kind of (a) poker player'.
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