Kenneth Wilson discusses this in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English
occurs more and more frequently in Nonstandard Common and Vulgar English in uses such as Its not that big of a deal; She didnt give too long of a talk; How hard of a job do you think itll be?
All these are analogous to How much of a job will it be?,
which is clearly idiomatic and Standard, at least in the spoken language where it most frequently occurs. It is possible, therefore, that the first three could achieve idiomatic status too before long, despite the objections of many commentators.http://www.bartleby.com/68/26/4226.htmlhttp://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/ar...
In "not that much of a problem" "much" is working as a noun. Using "of" with it seems natural, as it is, say, with "sort of a" and "kind of a" (when followed by singular nouns).
But with an adjective, in this case "big," the "of" seems unnatural and unidiomatic certainly redundant, and for some of us illiterate.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage, in a lengthy essay under "of a," says that in phrases like "that big of a deal," the usage is relatively recent, oral American idiom, rare in print except in reported speech.
May it remain rare in print. And if people stop speaking that way, that will be fine, too. But Mr. Corbett remains concerned. "Idiom is defined by usage," he notes, "so 'not that big of a deal' is likely to become accepted."
If so, maybe not that big a deal. But annoying.http://www.cjr.org/resources/lc/bigofa.php
the +of version has been the target of condemnation (as non-standard and erroneous) for at least 25 years. it's one of the darlings of the complaint literature on english usage; it shows up nowadays on almost everyone's list of pet peeves, where it's attributed to the carelessness of the young and viewed as a corruption of the language. in many handbooks of usage, it finds its place in a section on pleonasm: the "of" is labeled as an unnecessary word the writer should omit.http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A...
[once again I wish we had two fields in this section]
There seem to be two different problems here.
One is whether 'injustice' should be count or noncount in this sentence. An
injustice is countable because it's a specific deed, but the abstract idea of injustice is noncount. So if you mean the general idea that people are not treated equally, you should say 'such injustice'; if you mean that a particular unfair thing happened, you can say 'such an
But you should really rewrite the whole sentence, because 'something' and 'with' are also too casual and imprecise. Robert's suggestion in #1 was much better.
The other problem is the construction with 'of,' which is indeed nonstandard (= incorrect). You may hear this from many AE speakers, especially younger, more rural, or less well educated ones, but it's really not right.nonstandard
colloquial:It wasn't that good of a party.
It didn't make that big of a difference.
They aren't that popular of a band.
standard colloquial:It wasn't that good a party.
It wasn't too good a party.
It didn't make that big a difference.
It didn't make too big a difference.
They aren't that popular a band.
They aren't too popular a band.
Finally, in #3, the examples quoted from Swan are about a different meaning of 'such.' They answer the question 'What kind of?', which is a defining question, a question about type or category. But the question here was 'How large/serious/etc.?', which, as Zeta pointed out in #4, is a limiting question, a question about size or magnitude.