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    LwyrFirat is offline Member
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    Alexander the Great

    As it is well known Alexander the Great is a famous military commander in history. However this name confuses me in terms of grammer, since as far as I know adjectives should be before the name but in this case the adjective "great" is after the name, is that grammatically correct?

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    Re: Alexander the Great

    It is a very common form of descriptive indentifier, not simply an adjective, with or without an article - there are many historical figures who have this:

    William the Conqueror
    Harald Bluetooth
    Olof the Brash
    Ethelred the Unready
    Edward the Confessor.
    Eric the Child

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    Re: Alexander the Great

    Is it ok if we use for today's people, or is it special for historical figures, for ex is it ok to say "Anglika the Great"?

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    Re: Alexander the Great

    You can, but it is rarely used seriously nowadays

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