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An interesting principle of a modification

Postby pdh0224 » Sun Oct 24, 2004 3:54 am

Dear teacher,

Organized by Rob Linrothe, an art historian at Skidmore College, and Jeff Watt, a Rubin Museum curator, the show explores the paradoxical idea that the fiercest looking Himalayan divinities are often the staunchest protectors. Mahakala, he of the tiger-skin briefs, is one. Far from being evil, his job is to scare off evil. The curators draw further examples from Tibetan Buddhism, from the indigenous Tibetan religion Bon, as well as from Tantric art in Nepal, India and China.

Q : I think "fiercest" is a complement of "looking", and it is like conversing the word order.

the Himalayan divinities looking fiercest

=> the fiercest looking Himalayan divinities


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Postby Alan » Sun Oct 24, 2004 11:26 am

Yes. 'Fiercest' precedes here because the participle occurs attributively.
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Postby pdh0224 » Thu Oct 28, 2004 11:47 pm

the fiercest looking Himalayan divinities

=> the Himalayan divinities looking fiercest :w:

=> the Himalayan divinities looking the fiercest :r:


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Postby Alan » Fri Oct 29, 2004 8:02 am

Basically, yes.
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