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A. No one is sure whether this plan will work , but it's a step forward.

B. This is a big step forward for democracy .

In the sentence above, it seems like "forward"as an adverb grammatically modifies the noun phrase "a step" and "a big step" behind them.

1. Is it correct to analyze "forward" as an adverb modifying "a step" and "a big step"?

2. So, is it grammatically correct to use an adverb to postmodify a noun phrase?

3. Can the second part be seen as "It's a step that is forward" as well?

And could you give me some more examples as well?

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fire1 Can an adverb postmodify a noun phrase?

Yes. (But, by the way, postmodifiers of a head noun are actually part of the noun phrase.)

fire1more examples

This table here is the one you need to move.
The finance committee alone is responsible for corporate accounting.
The meeting yesterday was a result of a letter from the CEO.

CJ

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fire1In the sentence above, it seems like "forward"as an adverb grammatically modifies the noun phrase "a step" and "a big step" behind them.

An adverb cannot modify a noun. It is an adjective there. But I hear what you hear, and it does have the ring of an adverb. Isn't English funny?

fire11. Is it correct to analyze "forward" as an adverb modifying "a step" and "a big step"?

No.

fire12. So, is it grammatically correct to use an adverb to postmodify a noun phrase?

No.

fire13. Can the second part be seen as "It's a step that is forward" as well?

In both it is a step that is in the forward direction. It is a forward step, but for some reason it sounds better after, a step forward.

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CalifJimThis table here is the one you need to move.The finance committee alone is responsible for corporate accounting.The meeting yesterday was a result of a letter from the CEO.

Hi CJ

Do these examples have a relative clause, please?

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Tara2Do these examples have a relative clause, please?

There is only one relative clause, and it's in the first sentence. It's shown underlined below.

This table here is the one (that) you need to move.

CJ

Many thanks dear CJ. Emotion: smile