It is rather a nuisance.

It is a rather nuisance.

Which sentence is correct, and what is the meaning of rather here?

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This is from MW-D definition #5 of 'rather'.

5: in some degree : SOMEWHAT

e.g. it's rather warm

—often used as a mild intensive

e.g. spent rather a lot of money

The correct sentence is: It is rather a nuisance. 'Rather' is an adverb modifying 'is' and positioned after it. It cannot be placed between 'a' and 'nuisance' as only something being used as an adjective could appear within a noun phrase like that.


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