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Such penalties result in a player being sent to an isolated area called the penalty box, after which the offender’s team must operate a player short.

In this sentence, Can i tell this sentence as "When the offender’s team operated, it was a player short." ??
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The team IS a player short is adjectival. It describes the team, a noun.

The team OPERATES (although we prefer "plays") a player short is adjectival. It describes how they PLAY, a verb.

The original passage did not say the team is a player short, it said it operates a player short.
Yes, anonymous. It's exactly what Grammar Geek is saying.

The team is skillful. (skillful is an adjective)
The team operates carefully (carefully is an adverb)

Therefore,

The team is a player short (a player short is adjectival)
The team operates a player short (a player short is adverbial)

CJ

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My point earlier in this thread is that a player short is unusual for an adjectival constuction.

You can say: a skillful team
But not: an a player short team

CJ
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He died a begger.

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He died.

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He was a begger.

In this way,

The team operated a player short.

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The team operated.

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The team was a player short.

Is that true?

If a player short is a adverb, the sentence can not be divided to 2 sentence.

ex) The team plays well

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The team plays

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The team is well (???)

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well is a adverb.

therefore

a player short is adjectival.

but CJ, you tell me a player short is a adverb.

How can you explain this .?

P.s Anonymous above was me.