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In the sentence, "she is a special needs child" (referring to someone with a disability), what parts of speech are the words "special needs"? Are both adjectives on their own, or do they only form an adjective together (and what is that called)?

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Special needs is an attributive adjective (an adjectival phrase). In fact, it could be written special-needs.

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