What size

sedo posted:

Could you tell me if the part between brackets is correct or not?

Correct or not:

What (size skirt) would you like to buy?

Hello, Sedo: The part between the brackets is correct, as is the rest of the sentence. In noun phrases like "what size skirt," which may be compared to "that size shirt," the grammatical items "what size" and "that size" function as what Huddleston and Pullum, in The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002), call minor determiners. We do not need "of" in such phrases; indeed, it is better to omit it. Interestingly, Google Books shows 326 results for "What size shirt do you wear?" and 0 (zero) results for "What size of shirt do you wear?"

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