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In the `60s, a communal riot shook a certain town. I was surprised, for it was a new settlement growing around a huge industry. The population was largely labourers and officials from all over India. There was no tradition of animosity between communities; they were united by a common existential necessity.
I think, necessity is a noun. So the `common and existential' both are adjectives individually modifying the noun `necessity'?
Am I right?
Please help me.
They are both adjectives and together they are modifying "necessity".
They can each individually be used to modify it, but the meaning of the phrase will then change.
"Common necessity" = either a necessity that is the same for all groups or a necessity that is usual.
"Existential necessity" = a necessity that relates to existence/life.
"Common existential necessity" = a necessity that has the same relation to existence for all groups.