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could you answer my question please?
"Maggie got encouraging/encouraged news from the doctor."
which form is correct?
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.
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.
"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.
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