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12:42 Aug 11, 2010
English to English translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary - Linguistics / grammar
English term or phrase:not so good (Noun) - where to put the article?
Explanation: English does allow stringing together words to form one concept. You could say a not-very-good man. But not-so-good doesn't work very well as such a string. In contrast, there is a certain poetic flavour to Not So Good a Man as a title. (No hyphens needed because this is understood as a phrase preceded by He is...)
If you decide the opposite way, however, and choose A Not-So-good Man as the title, please include hyphens.