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This is a grammatical question...

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This is a grammatical question...which is correct and why (the "and why" is important!): "How detailed of a song list did you provide to the DJ?" OR "How detailed a song list did you provide to the DJ?"
Note that the difference is inclusion of the word "of"

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Although in informal, conversational grammar one will often hear the preposition "of" used to link an adjective with a noun, this construction is usually technically incorrect. The preposition "of" should only be used with a quantitative modifier of a noun—for example, "How much of the movie did you watch?" So, "How detailed a song list did you provide to the DJ?" would be the best choice of the two. Alternately, the question could be phrased as, "How detailed was the song list that you gave to the DJ?"


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