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I know we use post modifiers for adjective that can be only used after nouns.
Can we say premodifiers for these kind of adjectives?
Anonymous:I don't think there is a special word for pre- or post- adjectives, because, if I'm not mistaken, all adjectives can be used either before or after the noun they modify in certain circumstances. For example, "urban" can sometimes be used after the noun it modifies: "For our retirement we chose Anchorage, urban yet surrounded by wilderness."
Court martial, attorney general, trip the light fantastic -- those adjectives post-modify.
Grammar Geek Any adjective can be set up with the right sentence structure to come after the noun. Court martial, attorney general, trip the light fantastic -- those adjectives post-modify.If so would you make an example in which civic is used as a post modifier.
Longman dictionary indicates that urban and civic can only be used before nouns.
Anonymous:The sentence, "This is your civic duty.", can also be said as, "This is your duty civic.", if you want to sound more poetic or whimsical.
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I know we use post modifiers for adjective that can be only used after nouns. -- Postposed adjectives (heir apparent)
(PS: Oh, and predicate adjectives, of course: 'He is afraid'.)
Yes, you can also use pre- and post-modifiers, hrsanei.
Thanks Mr. M. I could not remember the phrase postposed adjectives at all!
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