(1) I found your question so interesting that I had to reply.
(2) The naked man wandered around the place.
(a) I may easily be wrong, but I think most books call an
adjective before a noun an attributive adjective.
(b) You called it a post modifier. Doesn't post mean after? But it is not
after the noun. I do not understand.
(3) The man wandered around the place naked.
(a) This sentence really fascinates me.
(b) Here is what I think that I have learned about this kind of
sentence. Many people do NOT agree:
(i) wander is not a linking verb in this sentence. The "proof"?
The man wandered around the place is a perfect sentence
without the adjective. Usually a linking verb needs to be completed:
Tom seems. What? Tom seems nice.
Martha was. What? Martha was angry.
This tastes. What? This tastes good.
(ii) Naked does refer to the subject, but it is not necessary
for a grammatically correct sentence. (Tom seems is not complete;
The man wandered around the place is complete.)
(iii) So some people have used the term quasi-copula (That is, it
is something like a linking verb and something like a regular verb.)
(iv) Here is the controversy: Some grammarians explain that the
adjective naked modifies the verb wandered. Yes, adjectives usually
do not modify verbs. But in this case, it does. The sentence =
The man wandered around the place while he was naked. And, of
course, while he was naked is an adverbial clause that modifies what?
Answer: the verb.
As I said, not everyone agrees with this analysis.
Let's see what others say. Thank you for your great question.
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