adventure story with a bit of a survival guide

erroranalysis

Senior Member
German
One of my students wrote:

It was published in 1959. It is an adventure novel with a bit of a survival guide.

Is the highlighted part correct? I'd say: It is an adventure novel but it is also a bit like a survival guide.
 
  • dermott

    Senior Member
    B.E. via Australian English
    Hard to know without knowing the original text but I think it means an adventure novel that, within the adventure story, contains some survival lessons. For me, your alternative suggests the survival guide aspect makes up a larger part. I understand what the student means anyway.
     

    apricots

    Senior Member
    English - US
    They both make sense to me. That being said, using 'a bit of' or 'a bit like' is fairly colloquial. In a more formal register I would use something like 'It is an adventure novel with elements of a survival guide' or '... an adventure novel that reads somewhat like a survival guide.' Something like that.
     
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