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    But Easter's early morning sun had shown

    Do you confirm the accuracy of "story books" of Longman or Oxford? for example, when I was reading " I know why the caged bird sings" (from Penguin readers Level 6, published and distributed by Person Education Limited) I came across this sentence:

    But Easter's early morning sun had shown the dress to be a plain ugly one made from a white woman's faded purple throwaway.

    My question: Doesn't "throwaway" come only before nouns? ( I've reached this conclusion after searching reliable dictionaries.) What's your idea? Am I on the wrong track?

    Thank you.

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    Throwaway'is possible as a noun in the sense of 'something that has been or will be thrown away'. There are several citations in COCA, for example: Supermarket throwaways keep him well-fed.

    Incidentally, your title tells us nothing about your question. 'a white woman's faded purple throwaway?' would have give us a better idea.

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    Re: But Easter's early morning sun had shown

    Kharkhun, at least some of the reliable dictionaries here list throwaway as a noun (I haven't time to check them all).

    I recommend you bookmark that site for future reference.

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