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    past participles before or after nouns?

    When you want to use a past participle to define a noun, should you place it before or after the noun? e.g. "the agreed date" or "the date agreed"?
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    Re: past participles before or after nouns?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    When you want to use a past participle to define a noun, should you place it before or after the noun? e.g. "the agreed date" or "the date agreed"?
    thank you


    In that case, either. I don't know if there's a more general rule - I can't find one in Swan, but stay tuned! (If you register - quick and free - you can get e-mail notification when people respond to particular threads.)

    If you want to add some defining details to the participle, it goes after:

    'Please have this report ready on the date agreed at our last meeting.'

    But these two are both acceptable:

    'Please have this report ready on the date agreed.'

    'Please have this report ready on the agreed date.'

    b

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