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    Is the word "golden" a possessive, interogative, compound, demonstrative, indefinate or noun as adjective kind of adjective?

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    Of all the possibilities given, it (golden) is only an adjective.

    golden
    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=golden

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    The suffix -en, meaning “made of, resembling,” is an adjective suffix. That is, it changes nouns into adjectives: wood-> wooden, gold -> golden.

    The American Heritage® Book of English Usage. Copyright © 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

    gold is a thing, a noun. If we add -en, we get an adjective, golden, which means "made of".

    Often times, the endings -en is dropped:

    oaken table ~ oak table
    woolen shirt ~ wool shirt
    golden tooth ~ gold tooth

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    What class of adjective would you put golden in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    What class of adjective would you put golden in?

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    Based on the current (i.e. published) classes, of which there are two: attributive and predicative, golden, based on its function and distribution would be classified as an attributive adjective.

    Compare:

    The chicken was fried black.
    ==>'black' refers to chicken. 'black' is predicative.

    The chicken was fried golden-brown.
    ==> 'golden' refers to 'brown'. 'golden' is attributive.

    The chicken was fried golden (?) awkward
    ==> 'golden' refers to the chicken.

    Hypothesis: Seems that adjectives made from nouns (i.e. gold -> golden) cannot function predicatively. It's a working thought. :D

    Past participle -en ending denotes 'made of', similar to yet distinct from 'make' of causative constructs:

    He goldened the apple. (He made it *golden)

    Compare:

    It's golden crispy appeal. (I's attributes) Attributive adjective

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    What class of adjective would you put golden in?

    :)
    Based on the current (i.e. published) classes, of which there are two: attributive and predicative, golden, based on its function and distribution would be classified as an attributive adjective.

    Compare:

    The chicken was fried black.
    ==>'black' refers to chicken. 'black' is predicative.

    The chicken was fried golden-brown.
    ==> 'golden' refers to 'brown'. 'golden' is attributive.

    The chicken was fried golden (?) awkward
    ==> 'golden' refers to the chicken.

    Hypothesis: Seems that adjectives made from nouns (i.e. gold -> golden) cannot function predicatively. It's a working thought. :D

    Past participle -en ending denotes 'made of', similar to yet distinct from 'make' of causative constructs:

    He goldened the apple. (He made it *golden)

    Compare:

    It's golden crispy appeal. (I's attributes) Attributive adjective

    :D
    That is all very good, but there is one thing I don't understand. What does I's attributes refer to? Also, shouldn't it be Its golden crispy appeal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    That is all very good, but there is one thing I don't understand. What does I's attributes refer to? Also, shouldn't it be Its golden crispy appeal? :)
    He-he.

    It's attributes. (it has contracted to it's)
    *It's golden crispy appeal. (my own stupidity)

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