Talk:a treat

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a treat[edit]

Adjective PoS. "very good". No usage example or cite is given, but it is indicated as comparable. If it is only used as part of a predicate, it is almost certainly interpretable as a noun phrase, to be covered at [[treat#Noun]]. Is it attestably gradable or comparable? How could it be positioned as an attributive adjective without the noun interpretation being more natural? He is an a treat goalie. or, postpositively He is a goalie a treat.? DCDuring TALK 18:16, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Delete. This is clearly covered already by the second noun definition. --BB12 (talk) 04:51, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
Delete, absolutely. Mglovesfun (talk) 08:41, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
@BB: How do you parse the phrase when used adverbially? DCDuring TALK 13:15, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
That usage was new to me. Even thought it wasn't nominated, I Googled it and was surprised to see it's in common use. FWIW, I think it has to stay as I cannot see how it could be subsumed under "treat." --BB12 (talk) 16:59, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
Me neither. As the adverbial use is in the language in the UK, there might be a case for this term being 'felt' as an adjective by UK speakers. But I would really like to see more use besides in a predicate to accept that. DCDuring TALK 18:24, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
google books:"very a treat" has no relevant hits; "very much a treat" has quite a few that are at least arguably relevant. Plus what others have written above; delete.​—msh210 (talk) 18:49, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Gone.​—msh210 (talk) 21:01, 22 July 2012 (UTC)