Of all the possibilities given, it (golden) is only an adjective.
Is the word "golden" a possessive, interogative, compound, demonstrative, indefinate or noun as adjective kind of adjective?
The suffix -en, meaning “made of, resembling,” is an adjective suffix. That is, it changes nouns into adjectives: wood-> wooden, gold -> golden.
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gold is a thing, a noun. If we add -en, we get an adjective, golden, which means "made of".
Often times, the endings -en is dropped:
oaken table ~ oak table
woolen shirt ~ wool shirt
golden tooth ~ gold tooth
What class of adjective would you put golden in?
Based on the current (i.e. published) classes, of which there are two: attributive and predicative, golden, based on its function and distribution would be classified as an attributive adjective.Originally Posted by RonBee
The chicken was fried black.
==>'black' refers to chicken. 'black' is predicative.
The chicken was fried golden-brown.
==> 'golden' refers to 'brown'. 'golden' is attributive.
The chicken was fried golden (?) awkward
==> 'golden' refers to the chicken.
Hypothesis: Seems that adjectives made from nouns (i.e. gold -> golden) cannot function predicatively. It's a working thought. :D
Past participle -en ending denotes 'made of', similar to yet distinct from 'make' of causative constructs:
He goldened the apple. (He made it *golden)
It's golden crispy appeal. (I's attributes) Attributive adjective
That is all very good, but there is one thing I don't understand. What does I's attributes refer to? Also, shouldn't it be Its golden crispy appeal?Originally Posted by Casiopea
He-he.Originally Posted by RonBee
It's attributes. (it has contracted to it's)
*It's golden crispy appeal. (my own stupidity)