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    Please help me explain for this sentence.

    Hi everybody
    I read one story on the Internet recently. In the content of it, I met one structure like this:
    "Why not ask to have a fine, well-proportioned nose on each face?"
    in "I give you three wishes"

    The word "fine" in this sentence is an adjective, isn't it? One my friend told that "fine" is a adjective and the phrasal noun behind has been supporting about meaning for "fine". Nevertheless, in my opinion, "fine" is an adjective and it qualifies a noun(nose in this sentence), "well-proportioned" also does that . In addition, so far i know, "a fine" is not correct in grammar(an adjective can't go with an article alone). Please help me explain for this. Thanks very much

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    #2

    Re: Please help me explain for this sentence.

    Bump for this question.

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    #3

    Re: Please help me explain for this sentence.

    Please help me answer this question.

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    #4

    Re: Please help me explain for this sentence.

    It's an adjective modifying nose. Well-proportioned is not a noun. Adjectives don't go with articles alone, so 'a fine' on its own as a phrase would be a noun and wouldn't make any sense in this sentence.

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