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PLEASE Could you help me with English adjectives PLEASE ? Some adjectives can be used alone and some cant be . HOW CAN I KNOW WHICH ONE CAN BE USED ALONE ? Are you sycophantic <--- wrong Are you sycophantic person < --- right Are you puerile < --- wrong Are you puerile person < --- right Are you tall <---- right Are you tall person <--- right is there any where i could read more about this kind of ' adj and noun ' thing ?
18 окт. 2016 г., 17:02
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Are you / You are puerile / sycophantic are all acceptable. You can see an example of "is puerile" here You are asking if you can tell if an adjective can be used attributively (before the noun), predicatively (with a linking verb, after the noun), or both. Unfortunately, there is no rule. You may be able to find a learner's dictionary which gives this information but I am not sure. COBUILD online does not, unfortunately. I recommend you look for example sentences which use the adjective and see how it is collocated naturally. One sentence database I like is
18 октября 2016 г.
Hello Ng, There is one problem with your questions. If you have a noun after the adjective you must have (normally!) 'a' in front of the adjective so .. Are you sycophantic? Are you a sycophantic person? Both of these are correct. Remember that 'a' is only a small word in English but it plays a very important role in grammar.
18 октября 2016 г.
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18 октября 2016 г.
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