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I was taught that co-ordinate adjective lists can be used under the format adjective, adjective noun. However, I was wondering if a co-ordinate list can be used under the structure adjective, adverb adjective noun.

Example:

The Poincaré conjecture is a challenging, outwardly unsolvable problem.

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The adverb isn't a member of the coordinated list. The adverb modifies one of the adjectives, and that adjective phrase still functions as an adjective in that list, so yes, the grammar and meaning are still good.

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  • So you mean that the adverb+adjective constitute something called an adjectival phrase that operates as the second adjective in the list? Thanks.
    – user163195
    Oct 27, 2022 at 6:38
  • @goalie It's an "adjective phrase because it has an actual adjective as the head. An "adjectival phrase" is any phrase that functions as an adjective, regardless of whether it has an adjective as its head.
    – gotube
    Oct 27, 2022 at 6:48

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