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asdf1234

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Is it possible I could form some phrases with of a like the following:

too big of a heart
too bright of a star
too stupid of a mistake
too cruel of an action
too harsh of a remark
too effeminate of a man
too convoluted of an explanation...


You get what I mean. So can I construct those phrases I mentioned and what do they mean? For example the phrase too stupid of a mistake if used in a sentence:

That was too stupid of a mistake he committed. He cannot undo it.

Could this mean that the mistake is just too big that the situation it created is just plain hopeless (in the most simplistic way)?

Or is there any other way to explain it...

Thanks in advance.
 

philo2009

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British English would construct all of these without 'of', but I believe that this kind of construction occurs in American English (certainly, at least, in interrogatives, such as How big of a dog?) - although it may possibly not be considered standard usage.

I'm afraid that is of as much help as I can be on this one!
 
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