given this sentence:
The old general feels bad.
"old" is a adjective and "general" is a noun.
Now given this sentence:
The surgeon general feels bad.
Why is "surgeon" a noun and "general" a adjective?
I would expect "surgeon" to be a adjective and "general" to be a noun.
Can anybody please explain this?
Thank you in advance.
Placing an adjective after a noun is an extremely infrequent occurence in English. However, it can happen. It would be done to make a strong statement.Originally Posted by Unregistered
surgeon general - If we say "general surgeon" it's not necessarily apparent and clear that this surgeon is the one in charge of the U.S. public health service.
It comes to mind with "things".
They have an interest in things American it would seem.
things American - things that are American
They have an interest in things European. - things that are European