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    Composing Compound Adjectives

    Hello There,

    I just need to compose compound adjectives i.e., through attachment of verb + noun. Here's a sample I scrambled upon once I watched Simpson's TV series: a bath-taking, underpants-wearing lily hugger!

    Now the question is how to build such structure scrupulously. Given I need to put into words a situation in which you may cut corners. What should I say: a money-saving situation, a saving-money situation or a money-saver situation?!

    Since I'm going to take IELTS exam so this sort of wording is essentially prominent to my writing task. I would appreciate it if you would clarify it as grammatical as possible.



    Any suggestion is welcome,
    Shahin

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    Re: Composing Compound Adjectives

    I am a grammar-loving, nit-picking, troll-loathing, much-admired (?) sandals-wearer. I can produce a list as long as you like, and so can the Simpsons, but I do not recommend that you try it. One such adjective at a time is quite sufficient, and even then, new creations can sound unnatural. The Simpsons list was intended to be humorous.

    However, if you feel you must do it, here are a few pointers:

    a noun-verbing (adjective) person is a person who verbs the noun - I love grammar, the Simpson takes baths and wears underpants.
    an adverb-verbed (adjective) person is one who is verbed by others - I am much admired by other people.
    A noun-verber (noun) is someone who verbs the noun - I wear sandals, the Simpson hugs lilies.

    I really do not think it is a good idea to start experimenting with this in an IELTS examination.

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    Re: Composing Compound Adjectives

    Hello Fivejedjon,

    Thanks for your quick reply. Your tips really appeal to me.

    As for IELTS, I believe they're pertinent since I take glances over the related essays I occasionally, encounter these kinds of adjectives. Anyway, It will do to use a few of them in your essays to prove yourself to the jury!


    Sincerely,
    Shahin

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    Re: Composing Compound Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by shahin_67 View Post
    Anyway, It will do to use a few of them in your essays to prove yourself to the jury!
    I have to agree with 5jj. One such compound adjective in an essay of that length is more than enough to show you understand the concept.

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