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    #1

    This old car vs this quite an old car

    1. This old car is expensive.
    2. This quite an old car is expensive.


    Is (2) correct? The quite + adj + noun pattern requires a/an before the adjective, but the sentence already has the determiner 'this'. I mean usually two determiners before a noun phrase would be considered an error (This an old car is expensive.).
    Last edited by Alexey86; 30-Oct-2020 at 17:57. Reason: fixing a typo
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    #2

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    Number two is incorrect.
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    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number two is incorrect.
    Should it be 'this quite old car'?
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    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    Should it be 'this quite old car'?
    I wouldn’t say that in American English because "quite" doesn't work. "This very old car" is okay. This is a matter of word usage, not grammar.
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    #5

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    It's hard to see why you need to add anything to "old car" but I suppose it's possible.
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    #6

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old card

    Use other adverbs, such as "fairly", "rather", "very", "really" instead in such sentences.
    Here's a useful reference about the usage of "quite".
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/gra...-grammar/quite

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    Re: This old car vs this quite an old card

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Use other adverbs, such as "fairly", "rather", "very", "really" instead in such sentences.
    Here's a useful reference about the usage of "quite".
    https://dictionary.cambridge.org/gra...-grammar/quite
    This rather an old car is expensive.

    This sentence is grammatical even though 'old car' is preceded by two determiners, right?

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    #8

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    No. Delete 'an'.
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    #9

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    No. Delete 'an'.
    OK, my main question is about grammaticality of the this + quite + a/an + adj + noun construction.

    Suppose somebody thinks the older the car, the higher the price. But one day he sees quite a new and expensive car and says "This quite a new car is more expensive than many older ones." Is it a correct sentence?
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    #10

    Re: This old car vs this quite an old car

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexey86 View Post
    OK, my main question is about grammaticality of the this + quite + a/an + adj + noun construction.

    Suppose somebody thinks the older the car, the higher the price. But one day he sees quite a new and expensive car and says "This quite a new car is more expensive than many older ones." Is it a correct sentence?
    No. The construction doesn't exist.
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