Construction of “it’s too hard a task”

Why do we say “it’s too hard a task” and not “it’s a too hard task”?
Is there a rule for that?



In most cases, the article is the first word of its noun phrase, preceding
all other adjectives and modifiers.

The little old red bag held a very big surprise.

There are a few exceptions, however:

  • Certain determiners, such as all, both, half, double, precede the
    definite article when used in combination (all the team, both the
    girls, half the time, double the amount).
  • The determiner such and
    exclamative what precede the indefinite article (such an idiot, what
    a day!).
  • Adjectives qualified by too, so, as and how generally
    precede the indefinite article: too great a loss, so hard a problem,
    as delicious an apple as I have ever tasted, I know how pretty a girl
    she is.
  • When adjectives are qualified by quite (particularly when it
    means “fairly”), the word quite (but not the adjective itself) often
    precedes the indefinite article: quite a long letter.

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