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    In this sentence: "Historically, "shanzhai" is sometimes used as a metaphor to describe bandits who oppose and evade the corrupted authority to perform deeds they see as justified", should be the word "adjective" in front of "metaphor"?

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    Re: metaphor

    Quote Originally Posted by ayao View Post
    In this sentence: "Historically, "shanzhai" is sometimes used as a metaphor to describe bandits who oppose and evade the corrupted authority to perform deeds they see as justified", should be the word "adjective" be put in front of "metaphor"?
    No. I don't know anything about the shanzhai, but the word is obviously being used as a metaphor (often, but not always a noun - but, in this case, a noun 'in apposition' as we used to say at school - that is, used adjectivally).

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