2

Are the following sentences grammatical?

a. He is more a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense.

b. They are more poets than novelists in the traditional sense.

c. He is more of a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense.

The question is whether the 'of' is necessary.

  • 3
    I think it is clear that this was not a request for proofreading. Those three sentences are all idiomatic and have the same basic meaning, taking into account the difference between the singular and the plural, of course. more a poet and more of a poet are both OK. Some style guides may discourage the latter but it comes out of the mouths of tens of millions of native speakers. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jul 7 '18 at 12:09
1

I think the difference is mostly spoken versus written English.

a. He is more a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense.

is acceptable when spoken.

While:

c. He is more of a poet than a novelist in the traditional sense.

is preferred when in writing.

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.