For each job on your list, you should do some careful research in order to learn about the occupation's educational requirements, outlook, and earnings potential.

'potential' is used both for an adjective and a noun.

It looks like noun. What is the part of speech of 'potential' in this sentence above?


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If 'potential' were an adjective here, it would precede 'earnings': potential earnings.

Sometimes the postpositive adjective is used, such as in 'matters financial' but that is not the case here, such use would be stilted.

So 'earnings potential' is a noun adjunct.

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