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    Adjective or noun ?

    Hello,

    My question concerns the word "relative" in the following sentence :
    "Your collaborators' relative lack of experience may be a problem"

    I think that "relative" is used here as attributive adjective of the noun "lack". But my colleague is not of my opinion. For him, "relative" used here is a noun which completes "experience", something in the kind of "cooperation experience".

    Thank you for your helps,
    Ansv

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    Re: Adjective or noun ?

    I agree with you- it modifies the 'lack', to show that it is a lack in contrast to others' experience.

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