Questions tagged [attributives]

For questions about a word or group of words that modify a noun they are immediately adjacent to without a linking verb. In English, attributives normally precede the noun they modify. For example, the adjective "brown" in "brown cows" or the noun in "government official".

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Can I use "in-need patients" instead of "patients in need"?

I saw too many that people say "at-risk patients" instead of "patients at risk" and "out-of-date books" instead of "books which are out of date". Can I say &...
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Why there is no object after "make"?

Why there is no object after "make"? As you can see, we're in the reception area, which we try to make attractive and welcoming to visitors. In this nonrestrictive attributive clause, '...
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at a rate unparalleled ( question about the position of the adjective)

I got stuck with this sentence 'This is also a period of enormous physical change and adolescents experience changes in their physical development at a rate unparalleled since infancy.'. I am confused ...
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Which clause is in bold below?

Davidson’s article is one of a number of pieces that have recently appeared making the point that the reason we have such stubbornly high unemployment and declining middle-class incomes today is ...
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Hyphens or no hyphens in well(-)thought(-)through?

Which of the following is the correct form? well thought through well thought-through well-thought-through I've tried googling, and all three seem to occur to quite some extent, but does that mean ...
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a house of ghosts [closed]

a. People used to think that that lone house on the hill was a house of ghosts. I don't think 'of' here indicates ownership. I think it is just attributive and shows that the house was haunted. Is ...
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How to understand the structure of 'capable' in this sentence?

I am reading an article 'Izmir Province' on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that I could not understand. "The greater Izmir region produces 20% of Turkey’s wind power from wind turbines capable ...
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Correct name: card-parser or cards-parser

There is a program that parses site pages with information about cards (there are many of them on the page). The program can be called card-parser or cards-parser. Which option is preferred and why? I ...
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How to choose between "sleeveS" and "sleeveD", for example "three-quarter sleeve{s/d}"?

I'm confused by the usage of "sleeve". From Cambridge Dictionary short-sleeved cap sleeve long-sleeved half-sleeve For example, using with three-quarters, which will be the correct one? ...
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serrated three stripes mark

Should the boldfaced phrase in the following have been "three-stripe mark" or "three-striped mark"? The toy company's designers have been faithful to the original sneaker, with ...
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Does the addition of an adjective/attributive in front of a noun change its meaning? In what case? [closed]

In 2006, Pluto was reclassified from a planet to a dwarf planet. I'm sorry to ask, if this is a very basic question. Very confusing for my mind. Maybe I am dumb. For instance, isn't a big ball still ...
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What does ‘bright light’ mean?

Does ‘bright light’ mean ‘light giving out or reflecting much light’? I don’t understand what it means. Is it like ‘drinking water’ or ‘cooking oil’?
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"Sorry person" vs. "Person sorry"

I'm talking about a sorry person about the exam. I'm talking about a person sorry about the exam. I intend to mean "a person who is sorry about the exam". Are these two sentences the same ...
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Size 9 shoes or 9-size shoes

Which form is correct: I have size 9 shoes. or I have 9-size shoes. Does the number go before "size" or after? A self-note (note to self?) on something related. It's the 'number 2 bus'. ...
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Why doesn't "Kinda good" work as an attributive adjective?

The movie is kinda good. (Predicative - Sounds okay) It is a kinda good movie. (Attributive - Sounds kinda wrong?) Why is this so? There were very few results for "is a kinda good movie" ...
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Some people who hate noise should not live in the city. In the attributive clause, who refers to ‘some people’ or ‘people’?

Some people who hate noise should not live in the city. In the attributive clause, who refers to some people or people? Or both have the opportunity?
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What's the difference between post attributive and complement?

After six months of arguing and final 16 hours of hot parliamentary debates, Australia's Northern Territory became the first legal authority in the world to allow doctors to take the lives of ...
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January's schedule vs. January schedule

Is it January's schedule or January schedule? I also get confused with whether to include an apostrophe before "bill." This is my January bill or January's bill.
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Why this sentence contains an "in"?

Zhou unveiled details of the space station during a ceremony in which the reentry capsule of China's manned spacecraft Shenzhou X was given to the Hunan provincial government. This is an attributive ...
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Is there a difference between red painted glass and painted red glass?

Is there a difference between red painted glass and painted red glass? I guess painted red glass can be yellow, green, or etc..
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Why do we say "Mississippi river" instead of "River Mississippi"? [duplicate]

I'd like to know why we say "Mississippi river" and "New York City" rather than "River Mississippi" and "City New York". I'm assuming these are the names of the ...
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I wonder if "for passengers to board Flight 139 at Gate 57" could be divided intensively?

I have checked some material which says "for somebody to do something" is a compound structure used to be attribute such as "It’s time for everybody to go to bed." So in this example: This is the ...
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Is "the below list" correct?

According to Merriam Webster, the word "below" can function as an attributive modifier. (I doubt, however, it is an adjective): Below adjective Definition of below (Entry 4 of 4) : written or ...
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Which is better? "Student Performances" or "Students' Performances"

I was told to use "Students' Performances" instead of "Student Performances" for the cover page of a video project that shows the performances of students from several schools for a rally and ...
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Choosing a shop name [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct as a shop name, Valhalla’s Dojo or Valhalla Dojo? It’s a name for a game centre. My partners and I can’t seem to agree on this.
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Should it be ice cream or ice cream's

Should it be... Using heavy whipping cream will make the ice cream’s texture creamier OR Using heavy whipping cream will make the ice cream texture creamier. Is there ...
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What clause is the sentence in the following paragraph?

We all have ways of showing our sweetie how much we love them. But celebrity relationship expert, Kailen Rosenberg, shares why it’s so important and has tips, that’ll really show them how much, ...
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"deemed + noun": Is "deemed" an attributive modifier?

A definition on Merriam Webster says: lacking restraint especially : marked by indulgence in things (such as drink or promiscuous sex) deemed vices (source) This definition is a bit confusing, ...
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About short attributive clauses in English

I have a problem that is hard to solve/ code that is not working anymore. vs. I have a hard-to-solve problem/ not-working-anymore code. (hard-to-solve/ not-working-anymore are not really words in ...
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dead: predicative or attributive?

I know that dead is an adjective. however, in two sentences, He is dead Dead man is over there. I am confused of property of adjective. It seemed that 1 used as predicative adjective, whereas ...
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difference between predicative and attributive adjective

I am confused with the notion of predicative adjective and attributive adjective. I searched about two notions and found out that all adjectives can be used both predicative and attributive way. ...
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Which is correct in sentence: "The cooking soup" or "The soup cooking"?

The cooking soup on the stove got burnt. The soup cooking on the stove got burnt. I think in the first there must be 'cooked' in the place of 'cooking'. Please explain the difference in ...
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How to use "gold" as an adjective of colour [duplicate]

which one is correct or more natural: "the cake is purple and gold" or "the cake is purple and golden", and "a gold cake" or "a golden cake" still speaking of its colour? Thank you all.
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“My start day will be ..." or "My starting date will be ..."

Which is correct: My start date will be or My starting date will be I mean to inform a company when I will be starting new job
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"driver contact details" vs. "driver's contact details" [duplicate]

You’ll receive your driver contact details. You’ll receive your driver's contact details. Can you tell me please which of these sentences is correct? Is 's necessary or not in this context?
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The form of the verb in attributive clause when the subject in main clause is "I" [duplicate]

For example, which of the following is correct? I am a teacher who likes teaching. or I am a teacher who like teaching.
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Is the first sentence acceptable in English?

You are the guy who we are trying to learn from. is the ordinary sentence structure I make when I talk. But I know that the standard English is You are the guy from whom we are trying to learn. ...
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Some questions about hustle and hurry from a song

I was listening to a old song, but I found that some of the words in the lyrics made me confused. Here is the sentence: I was never in love, never had the time in my hustle and hurry world. ...
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"She is on her way to work. " To work is an attribute or Adverbial Modifier? [closed]

She is on her way to work. The infinitive here can be understood as an attribute or Adverbial Modifier. which one is right?
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half yours and half hers

"I remember that you had sent me a photo with half yours and half hers photos." In a sentence like above, I know using collage will be a better option. But I would like to know if this construction ...
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this trip is overnight?

It's grammatically correct to say this overnight trip but is it possible to say This trip is overnight? And what is the difference between It happened overnight. It happened over the night.
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Which is more common for everyday use?

An old man is sitting on the bench. Or There is an old man sitting on the bench.
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Is the attributive clause applied correctly in this sentence?

Context: The “champions” defended the land on behalf of their king. To be so called “champions” by their king means that such soldiers sacrificed much on behalf of their king and they were also ...
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The ambiguity of 'Noun + Photographer' while addressing the photographer

We use nouns + photographer to mean that the photographer masters the photography in that noun. Say - Wildlife photographer (the photographer masters wildlife photography) But then, when I try ...
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Paraphrase "back to basics experiments"? [closed]

[…] such back to basics experiments are precisely what a pheromone researcher at Oxford University argues for in another paper just published in the proceedings of the Royal Society […] ...
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Fire extinguish(ing) systems

Fire extinguish systems Fire extinguishing systems. Can you tell me why #2 should be used instead #1? Or do you use the 1 as well?
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former student ID vs old student ID

Happy New Year! Given that a student has graduated from ABC School. When she wants to remind her teacher of her with her student ID. (1): My former student ID was 12345678 (2): My old student ID was ...
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development rate vs. developmental rate

I see both, e.g., Developmental rate of fish... Development rate of fish... are used to indicate how rapidly fish develop (grow and mature). Are both acceptable or do they mean different things?
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Is the adjective phrase "hungry and tired" "attributive" in the sentence "After the long journey, the three of them went back home, hungry and tired"?

After the long journey, the three of them went back home, hungry and tired. As for the phrase "hungry and tired" , I can understand that it is used to modify "the three of them". But I cannot figure ...
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