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    Post Reputations Sullied

    I am confused about this sentence:

    "A nasty presidential race is fanning fears of reputations sullied and shadowy forces meddling in an event of historic consequence."

    How would it be different if "fears of reputations sullied" replaced with "fears of sullied reputations"?

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    Default Re: Reputations Sullied

    (Not a Teacher)

    It makes no difference, it's just a matter of personal preference. I favor 'sullied reputations'.

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    Default Re: Reputations Sullied

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    I may be wrong (of course!), but I remember reading that sometimes there is a difference when the adjective is

    placed after the noun.

    Maybe (repeat: maybe):

    1. They all have sullied reputations. = This was something those people would carry with them for the rest of their

    lives. For example, one of our 44 presidents was forced to resign. That sullied his reputation forever.

    2. If the adjective follows, it often refers to the current (not necessarily permanent) situation.

    a. Maybe:

    "A nasty presidential race is fanning fears of reputations [being temporarily] sullied ...."


    James

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    Default Re: Reputations Sullied

    That's the way I understand them.

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