Is it possible to omit "of" in such sentences.

1- It wasn’t that nice of a host family after all.

2- It wasn't that nice a host family after all.

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    I like it a bit better with of. – aparente001 Jun 23 '19 at 6:28
  • Thank you. But it is possible to omit I think? I have seen such sentences from native speakers: "It's not that bad a situation." – Talha Özden Jun 23 '19 at 7:39
  • It sounds a little funny to my ear in your sample sentence, so I tried some other examples: It wasn't that bad a deal after all, it wasn't that complicated a recipe after all. Okay, you convinced me, leaving out "of" doesn't seem to change the meaning. Hopefully someone else will weigh in here. – aparente001 Jun 23 '19 at 13:08

I think it works either way. When writing, I would prefer using "of" for clarity, but I might say it without the "of".

"not that nice a hotel", "not that great a cook", "not that good a hockey player" are some other examples I found on google.

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