When I first describe a certain person by providing three qualities (passive, quiet, friendly), two of which are rather negative (passive, quiet) and the last (friendly) is positive, can I keep the indefinite article in front of each quality or is it sounding funny?:

Kate is a bit passive and a bit quiet, although a rather friendly student.

  • Your sentence is fine. Why do you think there is a problem? – Peter Dec 28 '18 at 17:32
  • @Peter - I thought my usage of the article "a" was redundant in that sentence. – brilliant Dec 28 '18 at 17:50

You can say "a bit passive and a bit quiet" or "a bit passive and quiet". If you include "bit", then you need to include the indefinite article as well.

Both are correct. The choice is up to you.

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  • Thank you. Can I also drop "a" before "rather friendly student"? – brilliant Dec 29 '18 at 1:09
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    @brilliant: NO, you cannot drop "a" before "rather friendly student" – virolino Mar 13 '19 at 5:16

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