an extra two days

Julek15

New Member
Polish
Hello ,

This is not my first post. I have been a member for a lot of years , however, something went haywire and I could not log in using my details I normally used.

I came across a piece of information saying that such phrases are correct.

an extra two days, a good many nights , a busy three days etc.

I don’t really know how to interpret it . I am familiar with “many a time” etc . but I have never come across the phrases I am asking about.


Is there a specific name for this grammatical phenomena ?


Thank you.
 
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  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    an extra two days, a good many nights , a busy three days etc.
    It's an interesting construction, because as soon as you remove the adjectives extra/good/busy, the expressions become incorrect.
    In the first and last example, you could think of it as omission of "period of": an extra period of two days, a busy period of three days.
    The middle example is more complicated to explain, other than by treating "a good many" as a sort of fixed idiom.
     
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