He is such a drunk/drunken man that he cannot hold the pen tight.
Do both drunk and drunken both fit in the context? If not, why? Thanks.
Drunk. Drunken is becoming much less common - but persists in collocations like 'drunken sailor' (reinforced, in that case, by a song - 'What shall we do with the drunken sailor?').
Originally Posted by angliholic
But even with "drunk", your sentence sounds odd. If the drunkenness is habitual, you would say "He is such a drunk[or "drunkard"] that...'; otherwise, you would say "He is so drunk that...".
It seems to me that drunken is often put before a noun, eg, drunken driving, a drunken sailor, a drunken man. In contrast to it, drunk is often preceded by the verb be.
Thanks, Bob, for the extra amusing info.
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