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I saw the following sentence on MU's offical website:
The United boss wants his side in as strong a position as possibly come the turn of the year.
(link: NEWS AND FEATURES: Sir Alex targets 90 points - Manchester United Official Web Site)
I have two questions about this sentence.
(1) Is 'in as strong a position as possibly' correct? I think it should be 'in an as strong position as possible'.
(2) What's the meaning of 'come the turn of the year'? I think this sentence is something odd for there are two predicates, want and come, but I don't know what's the relation between them.
Can you give me some advice?
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by enydia; 26-May-2008 at 09:13.
I'm still confused about two questions.
(1) Is 'as strong a position as possible' grammatical? In my opinion, it should be 'an as strong position as possible'.
(2) What are the subject and object of the verb 'come'?
Looking forward to your reply.
I'm now referring to Practical English Usage - Second Edition(Michael Swan). I'll give you some information on adjectives. On page 12 it says :
adjectives: position after as, how, so, too
Normally adjectives go after the article a/an.
a beautiful voice
But after as, how, so, too and this/that meaning so, adjectives go before a/an. This structure is common in a formal style.
as/how/so/too/this/that + adjective + a/an + noun
I have as good a voice as you.
How good a pianist is he?
It was so warm a day that I could hardly work.
She is too polite a person to refuse.
I couldn't afford that big a car.
The structure is not possible without a/an
I like your country - it's so beautiful.
(NOT I like your so beautiful country.)
Those girls are too kind to refuse.
(NOT They are too kind girls to refuse.)
I hope it will be a great help to you.