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    #1

    red and gold

    The falling leaves
    Drift by my window
    The falling leaves
    Of red and gold


    That's from the "Autumn Leaves" song lyrics and my question is:


    what part of speech are "red" and "gold" in the song text?


    Are they nouns or adjectives?


    Thank you.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    #2

    Re: red and gold

    Adjectives.

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    #3

    Re: red and gold

    Adjectives following 'of'? I'd call them nouns.

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    Re: red and gold

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Adjectives following 'of'? I'd call them nouns.
    Thank you, Raymott, for your useful reply. What you've said is exactly what I suspected. My test on that is like that: what follows the preposition in the prepositional phrase has the structure of the noun phrase.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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    #5

    Re: red and gold

    They describe "leaves".

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    #6

    Re: red and gold

    I think they are objects of an adjectival prepositional phrase.


    http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sting/fieldsofgold.html



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    #7

    Re: red and gold

    "I think they are objects of an adjectival prepositional phrase."

    I understand that they function adjectivally here. But, what word class do they represent in the PP "of red and gold"?

    Last edited by tkacka15; 29-Sep-2015 at 11:08.
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    Re: red and gold

    That is possible. It is difficult to analyze song lyrics.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 29-Sep-2015 at 11:09.

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    #9

    Re: red and gold

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    They describe "leaves".
    Of course they do.
    "A creature of flesh and blood"; "A mug of pewter"; "A shade of red."
    There are no adjectives there. "A pewter mug" contains an adjective. But that's a different grammatical phrase, even though it's semantically the same.

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    #10

    Re: red and gold

    It seemed to me that they were trying to be adjectives. But I get your point.

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