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    Adjectives

    In the following sentence, is "column" modifying "soldiers"?

    The long, narrow column of soldiers marched through the pass.


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    Re: Adjectives

    Hello, Sallytrack.
    I don't think I can agree with you.

    In my opinion, in your sentence,

    "The long, narrow column [of soldiers] marched through the pass."

    the prepositional phrase "of soldiers" in those brackets postmodifies the noun "column", describing what kind of "column" it is.
    Hence, it has an adjectival function. I don't think "column" is modifying "soldiers".

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    Re: Adjectives

    Sally, please note that a better title would have been column of soldiers.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Mar-2014 at 22:57.

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    Re: Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I don't think I can agree with you.
    I'm sure this was a small oversight, but the OP didn't make any assertion that one could agree or disagree with.
    As a note for students, we generally don't say that we agree or disagree with questions.

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    Re: Adjectives

    Yes, that was a weird response.
    I somehow changed the original question into "I think... Don't you think so?" in my brain.
    Thank you for pointing that out. I'll be more careful next time.

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    #6

    Re: Adjectives

    Oh, okay! Thank you for helping me get help!

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    Re: Adjectives

    Well, we straightened out whether someone replying to a thread should agree or disagree, and I was schooled about how to title a thread, but does anyone know, for sure, if "column" is modifying soldiers? I really want to understand!

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    Re: Adjectives

    Is is not. As tzfujimino said in post #2,:

    The prepositional phrase "of soldiers" in those brackets postmodifies the noun "column", describing what kind of "column" it is.
    Hence, it has an adjectival function.
    I don't think "column" is modifying "soldiers".

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    Re: Adjectives

    What does adjectival function mean?

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    Re: Adjectives

    You say here that you are an English teacher. I am surprised that you do not know the meaning of these words.

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