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too good

Post by navi » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:06 pm

1) They are too good people to do something like that.
2) They are too good of people to do something like that.

Which, if either, is correct?'
I suspect both are wrong?

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: too good

Post by Bobinwales » Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:54 pm

Both are very wrong.

1) is bad, 2) is dreadful.
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Re: too good

Post by Phil White » Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:49 pm

The only way of using the construction that I can think of is in the singular:
"He is too good a person to do something like that."

Logically, the construction should also work in the plural as well, but it doesn't.
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Post by trolley » Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:14 pm

That's odd. I always thought that the construction "too good of a person" sounded more "proper" and that "too good a person" was informal. Turns out, it's the other way around (if you believe that "of" can be used at all, in these circumstances.) I didn't even realize there was a debate on whether it is just unnecessary or actually incorrect until I looked it up.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:28 am

In my observation, the "of a" construction is prevalent in North America, and the naked "a" construction is more common here in the UK. But these are norms with exceptions, so as far as I'm concerned, have at it whichever way you wanna say it. :wink:
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Post by Phil White » Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:58 pm

For me as a Brit, "too good of a person" is simply too much of a good thing.
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