He's such a good player - plural - They're such good playersHe's so good a player - plural - ???What about the difference between "there isn't such thing as" and "there isn't such a thing as" ? Why is the first one acceptable, if "thing" is countable? Thanks
He's such a good player
They're such good players
He's so good a player (in fact, that he's been chosen to play for England.)
"there isn't such thing as"
"there isn't such a thing as"
Why is the first one acceptable, if "thing" is countable?
IT ISN'T. The correct forms are:
There isn't such a thing as..
There isn't any such thing as...
We use the adverb ‘such’ before an [(adjective) + noun]. It’s used with count or non-count nouns, singular or plural. When the noun is singular, the article ‘a’ or ‘an’ is used before the adjective or noun. ‘He's such a good player.’ and ‘They're such good players.’ are good examples of yours.
We use the adverb ‘so’ before another adverb or an adjective without a noun following. ‘He's so good a player.’ ‘They’re so good a team.’ & ‘He is so (*such) good.’ are good examples.
I don’t believe there’s any difference between ‘… such (a) thing as’ and ‘… such a thing as’ except perhaps the ‘a’ is elided in the first instance. However, the clause could be turned into its plural form: ‘There aren't such things as …’