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Is it a typical sentence? Do you often build it up like the following....

I don't like this big a house.
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Ticce
Is it a typical sentence? Do you often build it up like the following....

I don't like this big a house.

I think we don't put article after "big". So the sentence will be "I don't like this big house" ------ this is a typical one.

We usually put articles like (a, an, the) before a noun, but if it(noun) modifies by an adjective, we will put an article before the adjective.

e.g. I like a big house; I like a good girl; I like the yellow paint; etc.

In your sentence, you have used "this" in place of article, so you don't need to put an article there.
I also thought the same as you are explaining here untill I found this sentence in a grammar book. It is said there that this sentence is correct. May i ask you if you are a native speaker? because I wanted to hear them having some comments about it. But thanks for answering.
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TicceI also thought the same as you are explaining here untill I found this sentence in a grammar book. It is said there that this sentence is correct. May i ask you if you are a native speaker? because I wanted to hear them having some comments about it. But thanks for answering.
I'm not a native speaker of English.

As far as I know, this sentence is incorrect. Let's wait for native speakers.
Yes, that sentence is correct. I've read essays and some books which used that kind of sentence structure. But if I'm not mistaken, I think that it is used in old english language (just a guess), because I've read some works of Shakespeare, and I saw some sentences of this kind. But I'm not a native speaker of english.

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Yes, it's an acceptable construction.

"adjective a noun".

It generalises what you are talking about.

I don't like this big a house. This means I don't like houses that are this big. My preference is for smaller houses.

I don't like this big house. This means that I don't like this specific house (which just happens to be big)
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So the meaning of 'this' in the given sentence is close to 'so' and 'such'.

I don't like this big a house.
I don't like so big a house.
I don't like such a big house (such big houses).

Interesting. I didn't know 'this' could be used that way.
Also 'that'. I don't like that big a house.
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