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...He is much of a gentlemen, and he has traveled enough to throw off that...

When or in which situation or condition would you rather use the bold part construction and could you please show me a synonym phrase or word for it?

Thanks in advance

  • What do you mean by 'throw off that'? And can you provide other examples of 'much of a man'? I ask this because in AmE we don't say 'he's much of something'. Or if we do it is so rare that I am not sure I have ever said it. – user6951 Dec 24 '14 at 10:10
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In my opinion, much of is used when you want people to see the importance of the word following "much of". For example,

He is much of a traveler, than a shepherd.

The example above says that the subject is both a shepherd and a traveler. But he is more into travelling than in being a shepherd.

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In AmE and I am pretty sure BrE, native speakers don't use much of in the sense you ask about: 'he is much of a gentleman'.

In English, the negative expression, as in 'he's not much of a gentlemen' is quite common.

She's not much of a lady.

Or

He's not much of a singer/athlete/actor/writer/teacher/example/swinger/worker.

The meaning is given in Collns as

not to any appreciable degree or extent

and there are plenty of examples at that link.

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