[Vocabulary] A stroppy lot

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patran

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What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to a storppy lot"? is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

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[h=2]Definition of stroppy (adj)[/h]bing.com · Bing Dictionary
strop·py
[ stróppee ]



  • bad-tempered: bad-tempered and uncooperative


"Very" just emphasizes, so it shouldn't change the meaning of the sentence.
 

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Dear Teachers

What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to be a stroppy lot"? is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

Please advise

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Anthony
They mean the same - apart from the obvious quantitative difference between being "stroppy" and being "very stroppy".
In case you were wondering: "a stroppy lot" means "a stroppy lot of people", not that they were "a lot stroppy", which isn't a proper construction.
stroppy - definition of stroppy by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
 

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[STRIKE]Dear teachers[/STRIKE] Unnecessary

What does it mean by saying "But the XXX people proved to be a [STRIKE]storppy[/STRIKE] stroppy lot"? Is that different from "proved to be very stroppy"?

Please advise.

[STRIKE]Regards[/STRIKE] Unnecessary

[STRIKE]Anthony[/STRIKE] Unnecessary

I assume that you accidentally omitted "be" in the first example, because "... people proved to a stroppy lot" makes no sense.

It doesn't say they were "very stroppy" in the main sentence. If it meant that, it would have said "... proved to be a very stroppy lot". "Lot" is not used here in the same way as "a lot" meaning "many". It is a noun and it means "group of people".

The XXX people proved to be a stroppy group of people.
 
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