I know that dead is an adjective.

however, in two sentences,

  1. He is dead
  2. Dead man is over there.

I am confused of property of adjective.

It seemed that 1 used as predicative adjective, whereas 2 used as attributive adjective.

Am I right..?

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    It can also be a noun (bring out your dead) and an adverb (they are dead tired). – Jason Bassford May 24 '18 at 7:30

Yes, you are correct. Dead can be used as a predicative and attributive adjective. Most adjectives can be used as both a predicative and attributive adjective.

  1. He is dead

dead comes after the linking verb is in this sentence, so it is a predicative adjective.

  1. Dead man is over there.

Dead comes before the noun man in this sentence, so it is an attributive adjective.

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  • Yes, although I would point out that dead man is over there doesn't seem to be a complete sentence. Although it could be an example of left-edge deletion ("[The] dead man is over there"), if it's intended as a complete sentence we'd want to repair it somehow; the specific repair would depend on context that we don't have here. – snailplane Jun 11 '18 at 2:46

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