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    Directly Reducing Relative Clause When There Is an Adjective

    Various sites state that a relative clause cannot be directly reduced when there is an adjective:

    "The man who is angry is outside" cannot be "the man angry is outside." Instead it should be "the angry man is outside."

    However, we see sentences like the below:

    People angry about the latest political scandal are protesting outside.
    Comments negative toward the candidate are being deleted without notice.

    Q1. Are they grammatically/academically correct?

    Q2. If so, is the rule about not being able to directly reduce a relative clause when there is an adjective only applies when there is ONLY an adjective by itself?

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by vcolts; 04-Sep-2012 at 15:55.

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    Re: Directly Reducing Relative Clause When There Is an Adjective

    (not a teacher)

    Both sentences are correct, however, I'd only use the first sentence if I needed to make
    it explicitly clear who I was talking about.

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    Re: Directly Reducing Relative Clause When There Is an Adjective

    I find "comments negative toward the candidate" to be pretty awkward.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Directly Reducing Relative Clause When There Is an Adjective

    Okay so we are clear on the no reducing rule, meaning it only applies when there is only one adjective (or cannot stand when reduced).

    Thanks everybody!

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