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    #1

    itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    A: Shall I give you a ride home?
    B: Sure, if itís not too much of a trouble/if itís not too much trouble.

    A: Itís no trouble at all because your house is on the way to my place.
    B: Thatís great. Letís go!
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    Which sentence is more appropriate? or both of them are acceptable?
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    #2

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    Only if it’s not too much trouble is correct.
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    #3

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Only if it’s not too much trouble is correct.
    But when I google on the Internet, there are 923,000 results about "if it’s not too much of a trouble". It seems that the expression is very common.
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    #4

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    This Ngram suggests otherwise.

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    #5

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    Remember that the Web is populated by millions upon millions of non-native English speakers writing in English.
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    #6

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    And the English written by many native speakers is of very dubious quality.

    Until the advent of the internet, nearly all of the people who got their writing into print knew how to write reasonably correct English (or at least their publishers' editors did). If you saw something in print, you could be fairly sure that it was usually standard English, coherently put together and correctly spelt and punctuated.

    These days, probably more words appear in print on the internet every hour than appeared on paper in a whole year in pre-internet days, much of it written by people who cannot, or do not wish to, write standard English. While reasonably intelligent people do not attempt to read the drivel, it will show up on internet searches, with no indication that the language is sub-standard.

    One example. I now write:

    i is gonna be wiv me mates tonite

    Once I have submitted this post, it appears in the forum, and can be found if searched for. If you google any of the words, this post will count as one in the number of hits you get. I have just googled 'tonite' and got 91 million hits ( as against 763 million hits for 'tonight'). 91 million hits for 'tonite' seems impressive, but that does not make it acceptable in standard English.

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    #7

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    And the English written by many native speakers is of very dubious quality.
    Thank you all!

    But how can I find reliable sources?
    Maybe Corpus of Contemporary American English or Google Books Ngram Viewer?
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    #8

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    I have bookmarked this http://fraze.it/
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    #9

    Re: itís not too much trouble/of a trouble

    Your signature says 'If there is any grammatically wrong in my narrative'.
    I would say 'If there is anything ungrammatical in my post'.
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