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Adjective after noun?

Unread postby casister » Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:40 pm

Hello everyone,
I have a question that I was unable to answer today.

Adjectives go before a noun. However when it's a question why can the adjective go after a noun?

For example:
Is your teacher Australian? (teacher is a noun and Australian is an adjective, it doesn't follow the rule).

Instead: Are you a good student? (this seems to follow the rule of adjective before a noun)

I'd really appreciate a simple clear explanation.

Thank you in advance.
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby Susan » Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:53 pm

In the example: is your teacher Australian?
this is an inversion of the sentence: your teacher is Australian. Hence the position of the adjective.

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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby casister » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:23 am

Thank you for your answer. However, wouldn't it be better to explain to a beginner student that as there is a possessive adjective (your) in the question form, the adjective always goes after the noun?
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby Susan » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:02 pm

that would be incorrect because you can say: your Australian teacher.

Is your Australian teacher good? contains two adjectives.
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby casister » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:42 pm

Thank you for the answer and for correcting my mistake. Is there a rule that I can find on the internet regarding adjectives in 'an inversion of the sentence'?
I can write examples on the board but they would require a rule to understand when to use it.
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby Susan » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:32 pm

It's not the adjectives that are inverted; the verb and subject are inverted. The adjective stays in place:

Your teacher is Australian. Your teacher = subject / is = verb / Australian = adj.
so you have: subj / verb / adj in an affirmative phrase.
Is your teacher Australian?
Here you have: verb / subject / adjective because it is a question.

Your Australian teacher is excellent.
Is your Australian teacher excellent?

Hope that helps!
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby casister » Sun Mar 30, 2014 7:12 pm

Thank you for clarifying.
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby Susan » Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:05 pm

you're welcome; happy to help :)
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Re: Adjective after noun?

Unread postby jenifferhomes » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:21 pm

Thank you for your answer. However, wouldn't it be better to explain to a beginner student that as there is a possessive adjective (your) in the question form, the adjective always goes after the noun?
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