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    Indefinite Pronouns Followed by Adjectives

    I teach ESL. One of my students pointed out an instance where an adjective followed a noun in English, which violated the rule he was taught.

    Does anyone know the grammar rule that explains why adjectives can follow non-specific indefinite pronouns?

    ex:
    "I met someone nice at the party."
    "Does you meet anyone nice at the party>"


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    Re: Indefinite Pronouns Followed by Adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by jncox View Post
    I teach ESL. One of my students pointed out an instance where an adjective followed a noun in English, which violated the rule he was taught.

    Does anyone know the grammar rule that explains why adjectives can follow non-specific indefinite pronouns?

    ex:
    "I met someone nice at the party."
    "[Does] Did you meet anyone nice at the party>"
    Are these not simply examples of reduced relative clauses?


    I met someone who was nice at the party.
    Did you meet anyone who was nice at the party.

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