The queue was too long.

Nadezhda Rudenko

New Member
Russian
Hi, everyone! Could you explain to me if it's possible to substitute "The queue was too long" for "It was too long a queue". I need to emphasize "a long queue" as an inseparable phrase. Do the following options make sense: "It was a really long queue", "It was a rather long queue"? Thank you!
 
  • Edinburgher

    Senior Member
    German/English bilingual
    substitute "The queue was too long" for "It was too long a queue"
    Do you mean "substitute for" or "substitute with"?
    If you substitute X for Y, you change Y to X.
    If you substitute X with Y, you change X to Y.

    I would not recommend changing "The queue was too long" to "It was too long a queue", but I would recommend a change in the opposite direction.
    Both are right, but the former feels more natural. The latter can sound too formal.
     

    Nadezhda Rudenko

    New Member
    Russian
    Do you mean "substitute for" or "substitute with"?
    If you substitute X for Y, you change Y to X.
    If you substitute X with Y, you change X to Y.

    I would not recommend changing "The queue was too long" to "It was too long a queue", but I would recommend a change in the opposite direction.
    Both are right, but the former feels more natural. The latter can sound too formal.

    Thank you so much! I meant "substitute for".
     
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