Wrong : New York is such a crowded city.
Right : New York is a very crowded city.
I quite often have heard English native speakers using such an expression that I started using it the same way without really knowing it is improper, What is the reason behind this grammar statement here in “New York is such a crowded city” to be wrong?
By the way, I read it on the internet while studying English.
Thanks in advance, and might the Lord be with you.
I’m sure you have heard native speakers saying things such as “New York is such a crowded city.” It is common informal usage in the US to use “such a” to mean “a very”. However, this usage is often not accepted in formal writing unless it is qualified with a clause. For example:
"New York is such a crowded city that some people feel completely overwhelmed the first time they visit."
Here I am taught that in formal/standard English, ‘it’ is compulsory, because ‘visit’ is a transitive verb, and this is not a sentence with relative pronoun (‘that’ doesn’t modify ‘visit’). In other words, the version without ‘it’ is wrong in formal/standard English. What do you think?
Cisco is right. The verb “visit” is both transitive and intransitive. Keep in mind that if you added the word “it” to the end of my sentence, “it” could also be a refrence to something other than New York City – depending on the broader context. In fact, I’d say that would be the most likely reason that someone might add “it” to that particular sentence.