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    governmental for state

    Can I use the adjective "governmental" for the noun "state" as in "the governmental leadership" for "the state leadership"?
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    Re: governmental for state

    I don't understand the question. Please punctuate it intelligibly.

    Generally speaking though, it's risky to replace an adjective with a noun...

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    Re: governmental for state

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I don't understand the question. Please punctuate it intelligibly.

    Generally speaking though, it's risky to replace an adjective with a noun...
    Would there be the difference in meaning if I said "the governmental leadership" for "the state leadership"? There are state universities and state colleges.

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    Re: governmental for state

    'Governmental' doesn't sound right to me. I've had a look in BNC (British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)), and it has no hits for 'governmental leadership', 7 for 'state leadership' and 6 for 'government leadership'. COCA - a bigger corpus, for Am Eng) has 6 hits for 'governmental leadership' but 5 or 6 times as many for each of the others.

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