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    A question on "Noun + of + a" Structure

    Sometimes we can see such sentence structures as follows:
    (i) She is an angel of a woman= She is an angelic woman;
    (ii) He has the devil of a temper=He has a devilish temper.

    I just want to know why the (i) one uses the indefinite article before "angel", whereas in the (ii) the definite before "devil". Why is that when both of them are of descriptive to show resemblance?

    Thank you for helping.

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    Re: A question on "Noun + of + a" Structure

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    First, I think 'a' is also reasonable common in #2. Otherwise, I think that we usually consider there to be many angels but only one Devil.
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    Re: A question on "Noun + of + a" Structure

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
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    First, I think 'a' is also reasonable common in #2. Otherwise, I think that we usually consider there to be many angels but only one Devil.
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    Thank you. So do I at the first sight.

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