as ADJ of a N as (fwd) (fwd) (fwd)

Lynne Murphy M.L.Murphy at SUSSEX.AC.UK
Thu Feb 19 14:12:08 UTC 2004

For anyone who might be interested, my colleague did a little googling on
this topic.


---------- Forwarded Message ----------
Date: Thursday, February 19, 2004 1:47 pm +0000
From: Max Wheeler <M.W.Wheeler at>
To: linguisticsdept at, linguisticspgr at
Subject: Re: as ADJ of a N as (fwd) (fwd)

The evidence appears to be that this is standard AmE. So I've
learnt/learned something new that had escaped my notice.

By google:
as good of a       30,500
how good of a    22,000
as bad of a           1830
how bad of a        3760
as new of a              54
how new of a           93
as old of a                49
how old of a           311
as beautiful of a       97
how beautiful of a  209
as ugly of a             78
how ugly of a          42

and with other degree modifiers
that good of a         15,900
too good of a          14,100
so good of a               474
very good of a            118
quite good of a             20
real good of a              13
really good of a            17


Dr M Lynne Murphy
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Department of Linguistics and English Language
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