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Just a doubt!



lovinglondon
Spain

Just a doubt!
 
Hello everybody!!
I īm just a bit crossed with this sentence. Can I say this:

My mother has a so slow car that she īs always late.
My mother has so slow a car that...
My mother has a car so slow that....

Sincerely, I don īt know which one would  be the correct one!! They sound rather strange for me....
Can you help me, please???

Does it happen to you that the more you use something the more doubts you īve got??? Gosh!!

Thank you very much and have a good weekend!!!!!!!!

5 Feb 2010      



carutina
Italy

I think the first one sounds better
 
Anyway I īd rather say My mother īs car is so slow that...
 
Tina

5 Feb 2010     



Zora
Canada

My mother has a so slow car that she īs always late. - No, should be "such a slow car"
My mother has so slow a car that... - No, should be - "has a very slow car..."
My mother has a car so slow that.... - YES!!! This one is correct, normally it īs "has a car that is so slow that..." the relative clause has been omitted here that īs why it seems strange to you...

5 Feb 2010     



bienke
Belgium

Hello

If you really want to use the "My mother has" structure I īd say: My mother has such a slow car thatīs the reason why she īs always late. 

5 Feb 2010     



lovinglondon
Spain

Thank you ...another question...
Can I say...?

He is such a man that I would marry him.

I mean, Can I use "such" without an adjective??

Thank you again!
Eva

5 Feb 2010     



Zora
Canada

Well, if you said it in a real sexy, grr-like tone then I īd say yes Wink... "Wow, look at him... he is such a man... he looks great in a suit, he can cook and he knows how to change a light bulb!" lol

In colloquial English... we can use that construction, not sure how correct it is grammar-wise though...

5 Feb 2010     



lovinglondon
Spain

hahahaha....Zora.....It was not in a sexy way!!! hahahaha...good point!

I think I īve seen such + a/an + noun (no adjective) in some place. But I īm not sure if it is correct. I want to explain this grammar point to my older students next week and if they have a good day they may ask thousand questions!!

I just wanted to make sure I can/can īt ommit the adjective!
Thank you!

 

5 Feb 2010     



lovinglondon
Spain

hahahaha....Zora.....It was not in a sexy way!!! hahahaha...good point!

I think I īve seen such + a/an + noun (no adjective) in some place. But I īm not sure if it is correct. I want to explain this grammar point to my older students next week and if they have a good day they may ask thousand questions!!

I just wanted to make sure I can/can īt ommit the adjective!
Thank you!

 

5 Feb 2010     



zoemorosini
United States

In regards to the second question you pose above, I would suggest:

He is such a desirable man that I would marry him.  ...OR...
He is the kind of man that I would like to marry.

5 Feb 2010     



yanogator
United States

The second one is correct gramatically, but is not a common construction.
 
In the US, as has been said, we would usually say "My mother has such a slow car that she is always late."
 
Yes, you have seen the construction "such + noun".
 
She is beautiful, intelligent and very patient. I could definitely marry such a woman.
 
I haven īt seen such helpfulness at other websites.
 
He is such an idiot that I can īt work with him.
 
 
Bruce

6 Feb 2010