Prenoun modifier: distinguishing adj and nouns
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.
Re: Prenoun modifier: distinguishing adj and nouns
1. state legislature
Originally Posted by stressin
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
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)