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    Question Adjectives

    Hi everyone
    I hope that you're doing fine. I would like to ask about adjectives today. If the adjective is followed by two nouns what would it be modifying the first noun or the second?. for example, proper hygiene requirements. In this case proper is describing requirements or hygiene? if there is a fixed rule regarding this please let me know. thank.

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    Re: Adjectives

    The two nouns following are considered to be one thing ("hygiene requirements") so the adjective refers to the whole thing.

    Note, by the way, that "proper hygiene requirements" is a rather odd collection of words.

    We have a good hygiene regime = Our "hygiene regime" is good.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 17-Apr-2013 at 07:56.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The two nouns following are considered to be one thing ("hygiene requirements") so the adjective refers to the whole thing.

    Note, by the way, that "proper hygiene requirements" is a rather odd collection of words.

    We have a good hygiene regime = Our "hygiene regime" is good.
    Do you mean that the adjective in this case is describing the compound noun? Does this mean that if two nouns preceded by an adjective that makes them compound noun always?

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    Re: Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Jellybeans31 View Post
    Do you mean that the adjective in this case is describing the compound noun? Does this mean that if two nouns preceded by an adjective that makes them compound noun always?
    Yes, it describes the compound noun. I can't think of a situation at the moment where "adj + noun + noun" wouldn't be a compound noun described by the adjective but, like 5jj, I won't say it's not possible.
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    Re: Adjectives

    Thanks.

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    Re: Adjectives

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