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    Adjective

    Some people will receive gift .

    I understand "gift" is adjective above. I could not understand why. I understand which describe a noun is an "adjective" like Ram is a good boy. Here "good" is and adjective as it describes noun. Please clarify.

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    Re: Adjective

    I consider 'gift' a noun instead of an adjective in 'receive a gift', but I am not a teacher.

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    "Gift" is not an adjective. It is a noun and it needs an article (a) before it.

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    Re: Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Some people will receive a gift .

    I understand "gift" is an adjective above. I could not understand why. I understand that a word which describes a noun is an "adjective" like as in "Ram is a good boy". Here "good" is and an adjective as it describes a noun. Please clarify.
    Please see my amendments to your post above in red. You need to work on your use of articles.

    As the others said, in your original sentence, "gift" is a noun. Why did you think it's an adjective?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Adjective

    Because of analysis below:


    1. Adjective/Noun/Verb.


    Many people plan to gift (verb) their family members and friends next month. It's Christmas, so Santa Claus will be bearing (bringing) many gifts (noun) for good boys and girls. Some people will receive gift (adjective) cards for, say, $100. They can then go to a store and choose anything that is less than $100.

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    In "gift cards", "gift" functions as an adjective, but that was not your original question.

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    Re: Adjective

    A noun used before another noun can act as an adjective modifying the second noun, e.g. company cars and car doors.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In "gift cards", "gift" functions as an adjective.
    I think the same applies to 'gift shops', but I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 05-Jun-2015 at 08:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In "gift cards", "gift" functions as an adjective, but that was not your original question.
    Sorry. I missed to add cards.

    Can you please explain why the "gift" is adjective if it is followed by cards?

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    Re: Adjective

    It's an adjective because it's describing the plural noun "cards".

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    Re: Adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Anil Giria View Post
    Sorry. I missed to add cards.

    Can you please explain why the "gift" is adjective if it is followed by cards?
    It's an adjective because that is how it is being used in the sentence.

    The technical term is "attributive noun" for when a noun functions as an adjective. It is common. I opened the car door. I am looking at my computer screen. My wife wants me to build a new chicken coop.

    In those sentences "car," "computer" and "chicken" are all nouns that are functioning as adjectives.

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