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    Hi.
    could you answer my question please?

    "Maggie got encouraging/encouraged news from the doctor."

    which form is correct?

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by moris View Post
    Hi.
    Could you answer my question please?

    "Maggie got encouraging/encouraged news from the doctor."

    Which form is correct?
    Start every sentence with a capital letter.

    What do you think is the correct form?

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Start every sentence with a capital letter.

    What do you think is the correct form?
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    Thank you.
    I think the second form is correct because encouraging is an adjective and usually comes after noun, So I think the correct answer is encouraged.

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    Re: encourage

    Most adjectives come before the noun.
    A red barn.
    A bad day.
    Some good news.

    Would you like to try again?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by moris View Post
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    Thank you.
    I think the second form is correct because encouraging is an adjective and usually comes after noun, So I think the correct answer is encouraged.
    I think you may be confusing Persian syntax with English syntax. As Barb has mentioned already, the adjective normally comes before the noun in English, even though in Persian it does come after the noun.

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by moris View Post
    ... So I think the correct answer is encouraged.
    Do you think 'encouraged' refers to 'Maggie', i.e. Maggie got encouraged?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I think you may be confusing Persian syntax with English syntax. As Barb has mentioned already, the adjective normally comes before the noun in English, even though in Persian it does come after the noun.
    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Most adjectives come before the noun.
    A red barn.
    A bad day.
    Some good news.

    Would you like to try again?
    Thank you for your comment.
    I didn't say all adjectives come after noun, I was talking about encouraging which is an adjective and based on dictionary it doesn't usually come before noun.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you think 'encouraged' refers to 'Maggie', i.e. Maggie got encouraged?

    Not a teacher.
    Thank you for your relevant comment.

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    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by moris View Post
    it doesn't usually come before noun.
    I don't take it to mean that it must not be used before nouns, but I am not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: encourage

    "Maggie got encouraging news from the doctor." is the correct sentence.
    'Encouraging' can come before the noun. The news was encouraging. The news encouraged Maggie. Maggie found the news encouraging.

    You need to study the difference in meaning between adjectives derived from the past participle (encouraged, etc.) and those derived from the present participle (encouraging, etc.). Most follow the same pattern.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Jul-2015 at 19:06. Reason: Fixed minor typo

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    #10

    Re: encourage

    Quote Originally Posted by moris View Post
    I think the correct answer is encouraged.
    I think it can be used in the following, but I am not a teacher.
    'Maggie got encouraged by the news from the doctor.'

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