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    "a" + Adjective + Proper Noun

    Hello,

    I met the sentence as follows:

    A pale Lady Kennedy descended the wide stairs, leaning on her husband's arm.

    I don't understand the reason behind the usage of an "a" before adjective + Proper Noun. I may add that she was not mentioned in the text for the first time. Can you explain please?

    Ewelina

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    Re: "a" + Adjective + Proper Noun

    The pale Lady Kennedy . . .
    <She is always pale; it's her known nature>

    A pale Lady Kennedy . . .
    <She was pale at the time; it's not her nature>

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    Re: "a" + Adjective + Proper Noun

    Thank you, Casiopeia. I figured as much, but I had to be sure.

    In one of my previous entries I asked a very similar quiestion. It was about the sun and the moon:

    Is it correct to precede the nouns "sun" and "moon" with the indefinite article in order to describe their looks at this particular moment?

    ...astrange-looking blue sun...
    We all got scared and knew something would go wrong because for a few minutes we saw glimpses of abloody red moon.

    Your answer was slightly different:

    "sun" and "moon" are in the solar system.
    [4] a strange-looking blue sun ~ a blue sun ~ a sun
    [5] a bloody red moon ~ a red moon ~ a moon

    So, it is not about the constant or temporary characteristics of the sun or the moon (from the earthly perspective)?

    Please specify, Ewelina

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    We all got scared and knew something would go wrong because for a few minutes we saw glimpses of a bloody red moon.

    => The moon isn't usually bloody red or it's a moon (we haven't seen before) one that happens to be bloody red. All in all, we haven't seen X, with X being that particular color or that particular celestial body (color included).

    Hope that helps.

  5. #5

    Re: "a" + Adjective + Proper Noun

    Absolutely.

    But is it really necessary to use either "a" or "the" before the Proper Noun like "Lady Kennedy"?

    Ewelina

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    Re: "a" + Adjective + Proper Noun

    Normally, we don't use articles, but here it is used to suggest a temporary state of affairs.

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