nyzoe (nyzoe) wrote in linguaphiles,
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judgements needed

Hi Linguaphiles! I need native speaker judgements on the following English sentences (in particular, the bold parts):

1. Half blind though Mary's grandmother was, she still noticed Mary entering the room.
2. Very sick though John was, he refused to call for a doctor.
3. Almost closed though the door was, Mary could still catch a glimpse of John behind it.
4. Surprisingly cheap though the car was, Mary still had to save for a year before she could buy it.

5. How nearly transparent her skin is!
6. The download was so almost complete that Mary expected she'd be able to watch the movie in five minutes.

...I'm purely interested in the syntax; also, I don't care whether something is 'officially' grammatical or not, just tell me how you feel about it. It's people that create language, not grammar books. :)

So, on a scale of 0 to 3 (0 for very bad, 1 for rather bad/very odd, 2 for slightly odd and 3 for perfectly fine), what are your intuitions on these sentences?

Thanks a lot!

ETA: Thanks everyone! I'm coming across all kinds of apparent problems-for-existing-linguistic-theories while writing my thesis, and in this case I had the feeling there were certain contrasts between proportional/endpoint-oriented modifiers like half/almost/nearly on the one hand, and modifiers like very/extremely/surprisingly on the other hand. But your answers made me feel quite confident that I was wrong. Which is good, because now I can just happily assume the existing theories and don't have to make things more complicated than they already are. :)
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