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Dear teachers,

Would you please tell me if the following phrases are adjectival or nominal ?

1) A beautiful young girl won the race.

2) The French boy will leave in June.

3) The very little boy broke his leg.

4) The old building opposite our school is being pulled down.

5) Someone remarkable saved her uncle’s life.

How do you differenciate a nominal phrase from an adjectival one?
Thanks a lot,

Hela
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Hello Hela

I'll parse your sentences as follows.

The parenthesis […] means the entity is a noun phrase. And the underlined part is an adjective phrase. Please understand sometimes a noun phrase includes an adjective and sometimes an adjective phrase includes a noun phrase.

1) A beautiful young girl won the race.
[A beautiful young girl] won [the race].
2) The French boy will leave in June.
[The French boy] will leave in [June].
3) The very little boy broke his leg.
[The very little boy] broke [his leg].
4) The old building opposite our school is being pulled down.
[The old building opposite our [school]] is being pulled down.
5) Someone remarkable saved her uncle’s life.
[Someone remarkable] saved [her [uncle]’s life].

paco
Hello,

Someone remarkable saved her uncle's life. Is it a correct sentence?

Should it be "Someone remarkably saved her uncle's life"?.
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Hi

I think "someone remarkable" is OK.

paco
"someone remarkable" is correct. It means "someone who is a remarkable person".
CJ
I would not have included determiners in the AdjP's. Is that usual?
CJ
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Hello CJ
CalifJimI would not have included determiners in the AdjP's. Is that usual?
I just followed the rules described in [url=http://www.grammarstation.com/servlet/GGuide?type=ADJLI] Grammar Guide[/url].

paco
Interesting. Radford (Transformational Grammar) never includes the determiner within the AdjP.
Dear Paco and Jim,

But could a subject have the form of an adjectival phrase or is it always a nominal ?

Thanks in advance,

Hela
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