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Nível Fluente › Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal 1

THE USE OF "SOMETHING OF A" AND "A LITTLE"
Dialog: "Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal has long been something of a joke."

The expression "something of a" is a quantifier and means to some extent. It can be used as the quantifier "a little" is used; however unlike "a little" which precedes an adjective, "something of a" precedes a noun. It is also considered more formal than "a little".

 

FORM:
SOMETHING OF A + NOUN

1) SOMETHING OF A (more formal)

  • The visit to Iraq by Turkey's president, Abdullah Gul, is something of a landmark. No Turkish head of state has visited Baghdad in over 30 years.
  • The justice's decision to resign from his post came as something of a surprise to the other members of the Supreme Court.

 

FORM:
A LITTLE + ADJECTIVE

2) A LITTLE (more colloquial)

  • I was a little confused by his angry tone of voice with me. I didn't think I had said anything to upset him.
  • The kids were a little tired after the soccer game, so they're taking a nap.

 

Note that if wish to use a more colloquial quantifier before a noun you can replace "something of a" with "a bit of a". And if you wish to use a more formal quantifier before an adjective you can use "somewhat".

 

FORM:
A BIT OF A + NOUN

1) A BIT OF A (more colloquial)

  • John felt like a bit of an idiot when he mistook the Australian flag for the British flag.
  • So you think you're bit of a comedian, don't you? Well you're not!

 

FORM:
SOMEWHAT + ADJECTIVE

2) SOMEWHAT (more formal)

  • We were somewhat shocked to hear that Jennifer and Eric got married.
  • Somewhat disappointed by losing the majority of seats in the Senate, the Republicans decided to filibuster the next bill introduced by the Democrats.

 

Sobre esta aula

There is a saying that too many cooks spoil the broth, but can too many constitutional rights and privileges spoil a supreme court? It just might. In today’s lesson you’ll hear an article taken from Economist.com about how overburdened the Brazilian Supreme Federal Tribunal is; however so as to not overburden you, we’ve divided the article into a three part series...aren’t we nice?

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