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    Default Can a noun function as an adjective?

    Hi forum!

    Following question:

    manufacturing supervisor = noun phrase, consisting of a present participle (which functions as an adjective) and a noun

    talented person = noun phrase, consisting of a past participle (which funcions as an adjective) and a noun

    operations manager = noun phrase, consisting of two nouns, and the first noun functions as an adjective

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    "The only white people who came to our house were welfare workers and bill collectors."


    1. Are all my stated claims OK?
    2. Can the nouns in bold be called adjectives?

    Thanks!!

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    Default Re: Can a noun function as an adjective?

    1. Yes
    2. Yes

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    Default Re: Can a noun function as an adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by virus99 View Post
    Hi forum!

    Following question:

    manufacturing supervisor = noun phrase, consisting of a present participle (which functions as an adjective) and a noun

    talented person = noun phrase, consisting of a past participle (which funcions as an adjective) and a noun

    operations manager = noun phrase, consisting of two nouns, and the first noun functions as an adjective

    as in:

    "The only white people who came to our house were welfare workers and bill collectors."


    1. Are all my stated claims OK?
    2. Can the nouns in bold be called adjectives?

    Thanks!!
    Nouns that are used as adjectives are often called "attributive nouns".

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