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    where is the position of adjective?

    dear teacher,
    when i read the book, sometime i see the adj(adjective) after the Noun. but i usually use the adj before the Noun ????
    please have me explain it ! thank you

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    #2

    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    when i read the book...
    What I'm more curious about is The Book. It should be that one special book to rule them all, a book of everything? And, as always, everbody knows about something that I'm unaware of. Poor me :(

    Maybe hitinvo was reading the book "Paradise Lost" and wondered why the name of the book wasn't "Lost Paradise"

    PS:Sorry in advance if I've been too much facetious.

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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    dear teacher,
    when i read the book, sometime i see the adj(adjective) after the Noun. but i usually use the adj before the Noun ????
    please have me explain it ! thank you
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    hitinvo, good morning.

    (1) You have asked an excellent question.

    (2) You don't have to worry too much. In English, adjectives are ALMOST ALWAYS in front of the noun.

    (3) There are some special cases that you will learn as you read more English.

    (4) You can find more information in a good book or on the World Wide Web.

    (5) Here is something very important. Maybe you already know it: Adjectives come after words like: something, everything, anything, nothing, somebody, anywhere, etc.:
    (a) I want to buy something nice./When I go to a restaurant, I want everything fresh./ Is there anything wrong? / There's nothing interesting on television./ Let's go somewhere warm.

    If you have any particular sentences in mind, please post them here. Many people are eager to help you.

    Thank you.


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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    so thank you!
    i have the sentence
    the man asleep in the room is my brother. asleep is a adj but it is stay behind the noun??
    please have me

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    #5

    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    I've looked at a number of links talking about post-positive adjectives, which is what it's called when the adjective comes after the noun.

    This may be one of the better ones.
    Wapedia - Wiki: Post-positive adjective
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    thank you so much.
    English is so wonderful!

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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    so thank you!
    i have the sentence
    the man asleep in the room is my brother. asleep is a adj but it is stay behind the noun??
    please have me
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    (1) hitinvo, there are many words in English that CANNOT be put in front of a noun.

    (2) Many of those words start with a- ("asleep" is one of those adjectives).

    (3) Some books say that "The man asleep" = "The man who is asleep in the room is my brother."

    (4) If you erase the words "who is," you can speak faster.

    (5) You can also say, "The sleeping man in the room is my brother."

    If you have any questions, many people here will be happy to help you at any time.

    Thank you

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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***NOT A TEACHER***

    (1) hitinvo, there are many words in English that CANNOT be put in front of a noun.

    (2) Many of those words start with a- ("asleep" is one of those adjectives).

    (3) Some books say that "The man asleep" = "The man who is asleep in the room is my brother."

    (4) If you erase the words "who is," you can speak faster.

    (5) You can also say, "The sleeping man in the room is my brother."

    If you have any questions, many people here will be happy to help you at any time.

    Thank you
    Does that make the sentence a reduced relative clause then?

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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Hi,

    Quote Originally Posted by hitinvo View Post
    dear teacher,
    when i read the book, sometime i see the adj(adjective) after the Noun. but i usually use the adj before the Noun ????
    please have me explain it ! thank you
    Thanks for asking that great question.

    I'm also interested if there are any pairs noun-adjectives that have a different meaning when we change the order.


    Cheers

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    Re: where is the position of adjective?

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    Does that make the sentence a reduced relative clause then?
    (1) Apparently, yes.

    (2) Here is another example from the popular THE GRAMMAR BOOK: The man (who was) responsible for the accident.

    (3) Professor Quirk's authoritative grammar gives us examples such as: The house (which is) ablaze is next door to mine./ The men (who were) present were his supporters.

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