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    adj-noun order

    I received an e-mail with the following quote:

    "I'll keep you posted"

    Question: Can I put the word "posted" which is adjective after the word

    "you" which is noun. As far as I know ADJ describe noun and not the opposite.

    Waiting for your kind help.

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    Re: adj-noun order

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    I received an e-mail with the following quote:

    "I'll keep you posted"

    Question: Can I put the word "posted" which is adjective after the word

    "you" which is noun. As far as I know ADJ describe noun and not the opposite.

    Waiting for your kind help.
    I'm not sure that "posted" is an adjective as used here. The sender just means, "I'll keep you informed" and it's certainly a phrase a native speaker would use.

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    Re: adj-noun order

    Quote Originally Posted by rinotg View Post
    I received an e-mail with the following quote:

    "I'll keep you posted"

    Question: Can I put the word "posted" which is adjective after the word

    "you" which is noun. As far as I know ADJ describe noun and not the opposite.

    Waiting for your kind help.
    You seem to be misunderstanding the grammatical relations: participle 'posted' here is simply a complement, and not an attributive, to object pronoun 'you', and therefore naturally follows rather than precedes it. 'Keep' here functions as a factitive verb, meaning that it requires both an object and an object-complement.


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    Re: adj-noun order

    I would like to thank u for your reply.

    I will try to understand your advice.

    Thanks!!!

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    Re: adj-noun order

    Posted as an adjective:

    -Follow the posted instructions.
    -Posted mail will be returned if it's not stamped.


    But after you? I can't think of anything. Let's see....Okay:

    -Coming from you, posted letters are quite unexpected.

    What do I win?

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