"You're very selfish." "That's completely rubbish."
I completely agree with Lewis on this point, and have happily up-voted him. But in fact with certain kinds of negative nouns, like rubbish and nonsense, at least in casual spoken British/Canadian English, it is becoming more and more common to hear adverbs modifying them. Like Lewis, I pretty much come down on the prescriptivist side (complete rubbish only!), but...might this be one of those grammar points that is tottering on the precipice of obscurity, like who/whom? I think it is not as far along as who/whom, and so I would definitely tend to insist on the adjective + noun pattern. But...
|link comment||answered Jan 25 '13 at 17:08 Shawn Mooney Expert|
I've been like a dog with a bone on this question, and can now add to what Lewis and I have already said. In fact, in informal British English, "rubbish" IS used as an adjective. "She's rubbish at cards," for example. This lengthy exchange put me onto the adjectival usage: http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/39736/use-of-completely-rubbish, and I checked the Oxford online dictionary to confirm it.
Thus, in informal British English "completely rubbish" would be grammatical.
|link comment||edited Jan 26 '13 at 02:56 Shawn Mooney Expert|
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