so cheap a rate, or so a cheap rate?

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Hi folks,
This sentence is coming from Captain Singleton by Defoe

...but I was very loth to part with the Red Sea at so
cheap a rate, and pressed them to tarry a little longer...

my question: should not it be "so a cheap rate"? He uses that form during the book.
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    :cross:'So a cheap rate' is ungrammatical today and I'm sure was ungrammatical in 1700 too. Don't confuse it with 'such a cheap rate', which is a correct word order.
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