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    Which of these sentences are correct:

    1-Soldiers timid and cowardly don't fight well.
    2-A soldier came in the room, a soldier timid and cowardly.
    3-A soldier timid and cowardly came into the room.
    4-They arrest soldiers timid and cowardly.
    5-They arrested a soldier timid and cowardly.

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    In all cases I'd be tempted to place the timid and cowardly bit before the soldier.

    1-Timid and cowardly soldiers don't fight well.
    2-A timid and cowardly soldier came in the room.
    3-[ Same as above ]
    4-They arrest timid and cowardly soldiers.
    5-They arrested a timid and cowardly soldier.
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    Thanks for all the answers Red.
    I always tend to put the adjectives before the noun myself because that way I'm sure that the sentence is correct.
    Would you say the other sentences are wrong or just awkward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which of these sentences are correct:

    1-Soldiers timid and cowardly don't fight well.
    2-A soldier came in the room, a soldier timid and cowardly.
    3-A soldier timid and cowardly came into the room.
    4-They arrest soldiers timid and cowardly.
    5-They arrested a soldier timid and cowardly.
    Which of these sentences are correct:

    1-Soldiers timid and cowardly don't fight well. - I would not put adjectives after the noun they modify.

    A. Soldiers that are timid and cowardly don't fight well.


    2-A soldier came in the room, a soldier timid and cowardly. You don't need to say "a soldier" twice. Get rid of the second "soldier" and the comma. Reverse the word order.

    B. A timid and cowardly soldier came into the room.

    3-A soldier timid and cowardly came into the room. - I would rewrite this one in the same way I rewrote the number 2.

    C. A timid and cowardly soldier came into the room.


    4-They arrest soldiers timid and cowardly.

    D. They arrest soldiers that are timid and cowardly.

    5-They arrested a soldier timid and cowardly.

    E. They arrested a timid and cowardly soldier.

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    REAL English versus poetry perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lib
    REAL English versus poetry perhaps?
    I guess that could be said of them - I hadn't thought of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which of these sentences are correct:

    1-Soldiers timid and cowardly don't fight well.
    2-A soldier came in the room, a soldier timid and cowardly.
    3-A soldier timid and cowardly came into the room.
    4-They arrest soldiers timid and cowardly.
    5-They arrested a soldier timid and cowardly.
    I'd be tempted to leave out 'timid' and stick to 'cowardly'.

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