Hi,

Could any one give me a clear definition about the part of speech in grammar with the following phrases.

1. [a political] [hot potato];

2. [his] [motive]

3. but some bushes broke [his] [fall]

4. Nothing is impossible to [a willing] Emotion: heart.

Thanks very much.
They all seem rather straightforward to me, bepleased. Please tell us which parts of speech you think they are, and we will check your effort.
OK I try.

1. [a political] [hot potato];-----[a political] is attributive

2. [his] [motive]-----[his] is a pronoun of the possessive case

3. but some bushes broke [his] [fall]----[his] is ditto

4.Nothing is impossible to [a willing] Emotion: heart. -----[willing] is an adjective

I know I am very vague as to them.

Thanks very much.
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1. [a political] [hot potato];--- --[a political] is attributive —OK

2. [his] [motive]- -[his] is a pronoun of the possessive case — More often called a possessive adjective, but OK.

3. but some bushes broke [his] [fall]- -[his] is ditto— Ditto.

4.Nothing is impossible to [a willing] Emotion: heart. --[willing] is an adjective— OK
Hi Mister Micawber,

To say [political] is attributive that is hard for me to understand.

[A political hot potato] means the polity has / experiences a hot potato.

To say [political] is attributive is to say polity is attributive towards (or to) a hot potato.

So it is not in accord with the definition of [attributive].

the following phrases is right to [attributive], belonging to attributive:

A. a major success -----It is major that is attributive to (= unto / towards) a success.
a school bus---- school is attributive to (= unto / towards) bus;

B. He attributes his success to hard work. ------To work hard is attributive to his success.

C. It is typical of her to be rude. ------She is attributive to being rude to be typical. = She is for / in favor of making a judgment about her action.

D. It is kind of him to help me. -----He is attributive to helping me to be kind. = He is for / in favor of making a judgment about his behavior.

E. Kindness is one of his qualities. -----One of his qualities is attributive to kindness.
= Kindness is one of his attributes. ----One of his attributes is attributive to kindness.

F. She shows qualities of leadership. = She shows qualities that are attributive to leadership.
G. A tendency not to show emotions is supposed to be part of the British national character. -----the British national character is attributive to a tendency not to show emotions;


They are the

Thank you for your assistance.

'Attributive' simply means that the adjective precedes its noun. It is a grammatical term for a premodifying adjective, that is all.

Postmodifying adjectives are called either postpositive adjectives (immediately after the noun) or predicative (in the predicate).
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