Which one is correct?

This question is very low quality?


This question has very low quality?


This question has a very low quality?


Normally... you would say the third, but I've always said:

This question is of very low quality.

This is most common. However, you can parse it in other ways:

In informal situations, you can omit the 'of' to get:

This question is low quality.

Though this is considered slang by some, and I'd avoid it where possible.

You can say:

This question has a low quality.

Where the 'quality' is an abstract noun applied to the question. You can reword the statement to have:

The quality of this question is low.

...And this is also quite common.

If I may, I don't consider the question to be of bad quality at all.


We'll see the sentences you asked:

This question is very low quality - the question itself is a low-quality question. In other words - it's a low-quality question.

This question has very low quality - has suggests possession. The 'quality' here is the property of the question. Something like This question has a detailed view of the asker.

This question has a very low quality -it's the same as the second one but here, you are making 'quality' a countable noun. Quality is both uncountable and countable noun.

However, what looks natural to me is -"This question is of very low quality." OR "This is a very low-quality question."

  • So you mean all of them are correct somehow? – mok Mar 29 '14 at 13:05
  • @mok yes, one or the other way, they convey the message. But prefer the last one which I said in my answer. It creates no ambiguity. – Maulik V Mar 29 '14 at 13:07
  • MMJZ says he prefers "This question is of very low quality." , do you agree? – mok Mar 29 '14 at 13:17
  • @mok yes yes, I said that there in my last sentence. That's fine. – Maulik V Mar 29 '14 at 13:17

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