a touch nervous/a bit nervous

  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    "I am a touch nervous"- I don't think I've ever seen "a touch" used in this way with an adjective. Can anyone find a reputable example of this? With a noun it's fine: "There was a touch of sarcasm in his voice".
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    Google Ngram Viewer agrees with you; "a touch nervous" seems quite popular, though the results for British English only really take off after 1980.
     
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