[Ads-l] intrusive "of" intrudes further

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 11 19:11:52 UTC 2015

> On Jun 11, 2015, at 2:58 PM, Neal Whitman <nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET> wrote:
> This is the first time in my recollection that I've seen it intrude into constructions where the "how ADJ" is predicative rather than attributive.
> Neal

I don't find it particularly odd.  Googling "I/You don't know how good of an idea" or "...how big of a relief" or whatever produces scads of hits that seem totally natural to me. Ditto, say, this very sequence as it appears in "Beyond that I don't know how large of an area you have to scour or what".  Or is there a condition that would rule out the example below while allowing the ones above?  Is it the definite ("the area")?  Maybe I'm missing something.  

> On 6/11/2015 2:47 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
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>> New York State Police spokeswoman:
>> "I cannot tell you how large of the area is we're searching in."
>> JL
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