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If I want to premodify a noun by saying that it is partly new, how do I do this? Neither of the following gets more than one or two hits on Google, and no hits at all on Ngrams, so I suspect they aren't very good solutions, but what can I say instead?

is a partly new model

is a partially new model

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    Your Google search might have been too restrictive. Searching "a partly new" and "a partially new" (as exact phrases) yields tens of thousands of hits for each. Ngrams also seems to provide plenty of results. Mar 14, 2023 at 2:22
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    You haven't provided a specific usage context, or the exact meaning you want, but I suggest that in most contexts the most natural way to convey "based on an existing model, but with some new elements" is to say it's an updated model. Or if you're working in the advertising department of the company that makes it, it's the new, improved model. Mar 14, 2023 at 12:05
  • @FumbleFingers "An updated model" is perfect for my purposes! Thank you!!
    – Gerda
    Mar 15, 2023 at 18:32
  • @MarcInManhattan Yes, I only searched for strings with a head noun...
    – Gerda
    Mar 15, 2023 at 18:33

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How about

It is a new model in part
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Part of it is a new model
or
Parts of it are a new model

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  • Thank you! These are not premodifier solutions though, so not quite what I was after. I realise I should have been clerar in my OP though, and said that I realise that I can rephrase, but that I'd like to know if there is a way to say this by means of a premodiefier :)
    – Gerda
    Mar 15, 2023 at 18:31

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