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    Default Prenoun modifier: distinguishing adj and nouns

    Hi,

    I am having a hard time distinguishing adjective over noun modifiers.

    Why in the sentence "the state legislature" state is a noun modifier while
    "an old blue military uniform" the term military is an adj???

    Please help explain not only the solutions to the examples, but how I should approach similar problems with other sentences in the future.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: Prenoun modifier: distinguishing adj and nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by stressin
    Hi,

    I am having a hard time distinguishing adjective over noun modifiers.

    Why in the sentence "the state legislature" state is a noun modifier while
    "an old blue military uniform" the term military is an adj???

    Please help explain not only the solutions to the examples, but how I should approach similar problems with other sentences in the future.

    Thanks in advance.
    1. state legislature
    2. military uniform

    Here's a trick: If you can place a determiner/article (i.e. a/an/the) before the word, then you know it's a noun. Like this,

    a state :D
    the state :D

    But not,

    a military
    the military :D

    If you are not sure if you can place a determiner before the word, then look up the word in your dictionary. 8)

    In my dictionary, military is listed as an adjective and as a noun. That is, you cannot say, a military (adj.), but you can say the military (noun). 8)

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