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    Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Hello,everyone! Can "in demand" be used as an attributive? The following is a sentence I read the other day - "Often they'll know the secrets of touring in demand places when they're not teeming with people". As far as I know, "in demand" can be used as a predicative,as illustrated in the sentence "The product is not much in demand now." Can it be used as an attributive as well ? Any reply will be appreciated.
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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Certainly it can in AmE. I am not so sure about BrE.

    For example, "In southern Florida, in demand properties usually have a swimming pool."
    Last edited by probus; 27-Apr-2014 at 04:54.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    It can be used that way in BrE, though I would hyphenate it to in-demand.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Your use of "teaming" is incorrect. The correct word is "teeming".

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Please provide the source for this post.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    And please give correct info in your profile.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Matthew Wai, please allow posters to answer questions which are directed to them personally. We want LeonardoCorrect to quote the source and to correct their member profile information.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Matthew Wai, please allow posters to answer questions which are directed to them personally. We want LeonardoCorrect to quote the source and to correct their member profile information.
    God how I hate that "their". I admit that it is becoming or has become standard, but I will never cease to hate it.

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    Re: Can "in demand"be used as an attributive?

    I just fought this battle on Facebook. Probus, "their" was used for a VERY long time as a singular, third-person, gender-unknown pronoun. Around the same time those geniuses had the idea that English should be like Latin and tried to create ridiculous "rules" for English so it would be more Latin-like, they started saying this was bad form too. The number of great writers who never heard of this rule in the 1800s and used "their" with wild abandon would fill anyone's shelf. There's as much reason to hate it as there is to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition - something I find easy to put up with.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 01-May-2014 at 14:03.
    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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