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much + noun
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 8:30 am Reply with quote
Bridget
 
Joined: 17 May 2007
Posts: 77


1. Which would you expect to hear, or which would you use?

He's a man of much brains.
He's a man of much brain.


2. How about these?

a man of much courage
a man of much spunk
a woman of much intellect
a woman of much influence
a man of much political experience
a woman of much resolution
a topic of much debate
a boy of much promise
a girl of much beauty
a mother of much character
a woman of much consequence
a boy of much energy
a statement of much emphasis
a decision of much hope
a river of much water
a time of much change
a day of much light
an issue of much ado
a time of much import

3. And does "a bear of little brain" sound odd to anyone here?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:37 am Reply with quote
Bloomer
 
Joined: 23 Oct 2008
Posts: 136
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


1. Which would you expect to hear, or which would you use?

He's a man of much brains.
He's a man of much brain.
I wouldn't say either. I'd say, He's a man of much intellect. He's a man of few words. He's a man of many disguises. He's a man of much mystery. These are all okay, but I'd probably say, He's a smart guy. He's a mysterious guy. instead. There are two problems here. 1) The construction "He's a man of much" sounds very formal, and the expression "brains" (meaning intelligence) sounds too informal to go with it. 2) There's the problem with the faux plural form of "brains." Even though it's grammatically singular/uncountable, it looks/sounds funny with the noncount adjective "much."

2. How about these? All are a little more poetic, a little less conversational.

a man of much courage
a man of much spunk
a woman of much intellect
a woman of much influence
a man of much political experience
a woman of much resolution
a topic of much debate
a boy of much promise
a girl of much beauty
a mother of much character
a woman of much consequence
a boy of much energy
a statement of much emphasis
a decision of much hope
a river of much water
a time of much change
a day of much light
an issue of much ado However, I don't mind any of them except this one.
a time of much import

3. And does "a bear of little brain" sound odd to anyone here? It doesn't sound odd to any of us who've read Winnie the Pooh to our kids (or ourselves): users.rcn.com/lab.enteract/pooh/.
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