that expensive vs such expensive


Senior Member
Would it be grammatically correct to write " My parents shouldn't have bought my brother that expensive a bike for his birthday" instead of "My parents shouldn't have bought my brother such an expensive bike for his birthday"
Thank you in advance for the replies.
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    I find 'that expensive' to be - erm - what am I supposed to say these days, a bit too colloquial in that sentence and strange with 'expensive'.
    I do use 'that' in this way in speech. "Did it really cost that much?" would be typical of how I use it. Here it's being used with quantity or amount perhaps far more natural than with an adjective.
    Yes, I agree with myself, how satisfactory. 'You should see his new girlfriend! She's that beautiful!' sounds regional to me, definitely not classy.
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