indefinite articles about 'hell of'

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sehrguey ogoltsoff, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. sehrguey ogoltsoff

    sehrguey ogoltsoff Senior Member

    Russian and Ukranian
    hi there

    I was a noble robber, well-versed in the concepts of justice, and never snatched more than two bushes from one plantation, and those just two were a pretty big hell of a load to haul.

    It's a self-made sentence.
    The source is here.
    Context: pillaging cannabis plantations in the neighborhood.

    Do those articles around 'hell of' belong there?

    Yours`
    sehrguey
     
  2. Rainrover

    Rainrover Senior Member

    English - US
    Hi, sehrguey. The phrase a/one hell of a is described here.
     
  3. velisarius

    velisarius Senior Member

    Greece
    British English (Sussex)
    A hell of a load is a lot heavier than a pretty big load, so "pretty big" is simply weakening the impact of "a hell of a load". We wouldn't use the two together as you have done.
     
  4. sehrguey ogoltsoff

    sehrguey ogoltsoff Senior Member

    Russian and Ukranian
    thank you!
    That's what I needed, not telling me how to re-write but indicating where it should be done.

    I was a noble robber, well-versed in the concepts of justice, and never snatched more than two bushes from one plantation, and even those two were some hell of a load to haul.

    Yours`
    sehrguey
     
  5. kentix

    kentix Senior Member

    English - U.S.
    Almost. They were "still one hell of a load".

    "Still" indicates despite only being two, it was a big job.
     
  6. sehrguey ogoltsoff

    sehrguey ogoltsoff Senior Member

    Russian and Ukranian
    thank you, kentix

    Yours`
    sehrguey
     

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