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Quite a, such a, what a, etc



A Introduction

After quite, such and what we can use a phrase with a/an, e.g. a game. There is often an adjective as well, e.g. such a good team.

B Very, quite, rather, etc

A/an goes before very, fairly, really, etc.

It's a very old house. It's a fairly long walk.

I made a really stupid mistake. But a/an usually goes after quite.

It's quite an old house. There was quite a crowd . A/an can go either before or after rather.

It's a rather old house, or It's rather an old house.


We can also use very, quite, rather, etc + adjective + plural or uncountable noun. They're very old houses. This is quite nice coffee.

C So and such a


so

The structure is be + so + adjective. The test was so easy. not It was a so easy test. The hill was so steep. It's so inconvenient without a car.

The weather is so nice. Tom's jokes are so awful.


SUCH A/AN

The structure is such + a/an (+ adjective) + noun. It was such an easy test. NOT it-was a such easy test. It was such a steep hill. It's such a nuisance without a car.

We can also use such + an adjective + a plural or uncountable noun.

We're having such nice weather.

Tom tells such awful jokes.


Note these sentences with long, far, many/much and a lot of.

It's so long since I saw you. It's such a long time since I saw you.

Why are we so far from the beach? It's such a long way to the beach.

There were so many people. There were such a lot of people.

You waste so much time. You waste such a lot of time.

We can use this structure with so ... (that) or such ... (that).

Emma was so angry with Matthew Vicky got such a nice welcome (that) she

(that) she threw a plate at him. almost cried.

I was so unlucky you wouldn't believe it. I had such bad luck you wouldn't believe it.

D What a

In an exclamation we can use what a/an with a singular noun and what with a plural or uncountable noun I

+ singular noun: What a goal! What a good idea!

+ plural noun: What lovely flowers! What nice shoes you've got on!

+ uncountable noun: What rubbish! What fun we had!

116 Quite and rather


89 Exercises

Very, quite, rather, so, etc (B-C)

What do you say in these situations?

? You're telling someone about the show you saw. It was quite good.
You should go and see it. It's quite a good show.

? You are describing Harriet to someone who doesn't know her. She is fairly tall.
Well, Harriet is a fairly tall woman.

1 You're talking about the Savoy Hotel, which is very grand.

Yes, I know the Savoy. It's...................................................................................

2 You are talking about your journey. It was quite tiring.

I travelled a long way. It was....................................................................................

3 You are telling someone about Claire's flat. It's really big.

I've been to Claire's place. It's.....................................................................................

4 You are telling a friend about your meal with Tom. It was quite nice.



We went to that new restaurant. We had.....................................................................................

2 So and such (C)

Complete the conversation. Put in so or such.

Sarah: Sorry I'm ( ►) so late. We had (►) such a lot to do at work.

Mark: You shouldn't do (1).................. much.

Sarah: The boss gets in (2)................. a panic about things. She makes (3).......... . a big fuss.

Mark: Well, you shouldn't be (4)................. willing to work (5)........................ long hours. No wonder

you're (6).................... tired. You'll make yourself ill, you know.

3 So... that and such ... that (C)

Match the sentences and combine them using so or such.

? Sarah was late home. All the tickets sold out.

? Mike hadn't cooked for a long time. He wouldn't speak to anyone.

 

1 The piano was heavy. He'd almost forgotten how to.

2 Tom was annoyed about United losing. It kept all the neighbours awake.

3 The band was a big attraction. Mark had already gone to bed.

4 Vicky had a lot of work to do. Mike and Harriet couldn't move it.

5 The party made a lot of noise. She was sure she'd never finish it.

 

? Sarah was so late home that Mark had already gone to bed.

? Mike hadn't cooked for such a long time that he'd almost forgotten how to.

1. ..

2. ..

3. ..

4. ..

5. ..

4 What (D)

Put in what or what a.

► Come into the sitting-room. ~ Thank you. Oh, what a nice room!

1 Vicky believes in ghosts. ~ Oh,................. nonsense she talks!

2 Let's go for a midnight swim. ~................. suggestion!

3 I think about you all the time, Emma. ~................ lies you tell me, Matthew.



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