Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Rhaeto-Romance
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Oct 2012
    • Posts: 1
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    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"?

  1. SlickVic9000's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Oct 2011
    • Posts: 1,024
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: Reputations Sullied

    (Not a Teacher)

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

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 5,625
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    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

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 15,879
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: Reputations Sullied

    That's the way I understand them.

    b

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •