Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 00:23:29 -0700

From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM

Subject: not much of an answer

Doug Bayer scripsit:

Do you have a simple explanation for the OF in these

"how long of a drive" constructions?

Many speakers object strongly to the intrusive "of."

Yet to my ear its quite natural. I'd love to learn

a defense...

How about this: it's the partitive "of" in "a pint of beer"

or the French "des cailloux" (`some pebbles', lit. `of the pebbles').

Not much of an answer, I admit.


Nancy Dray says:

[...] So, how can we encourage other movie directors and

TV producers to check this sort of thing (and pay us, too)? [...]

I dunno, but I can think of no end of subjects

on which I wish they would consult *some*body.

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