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"Traditional dessert drinks"
How can I understand that noun phrase and analyze it? Meaning is the same?
1) traditional + dessert drinks
2) traditional dessert + drinks
"A funny moive festival"
Is it important to analyze those noun phrases differently, considering context?
1) funny + moive festival
2) funny moive + festival
Please help me...
traditional [dessert drinks] - dessert drinks that are traditional, and
[funny movie] festival - a festival of funny movies.
ems is right. There's no way of telling without the context. In some cases, you might have to "guess".
Maybe you do have to guess at times, but I find both of these cases clear. There are no drinks widely known to accompany traditional desserts: "I'll have a banana split with the usual glass of water?"
"An apple pie, with the traditional glass of root beer." No, that interpretation is right out.
But there are drinks which are traditionally served as digestifs, such as port and sherry. These are your 'traditional dessert drinks."
With the funny movie festival, I don't think it's possible for a festival itself to be billed as funny if it's a festival of horror or tragedy films. What's funny about a festival, as the sum of parts, when the parts aren't funny?
I think it's pretty clear we're dealing with a phase meant to denote a festival of comedies.
Sorry. it was a movie, not a moive.
What I meant is that when "traditional" modifys "dessert drinks" and
"traditional dessert" modifys drinks, is there a meaning difference between them?
Yes, there can be a difference. But English has an order of adjectives that makes such ambiguities rare.
You guys are so great and helpful. Thanks again.