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...by which I mean an expression wherein one of the adjectives modifying a noun precedes that noun and another follows it.

I know that an adjective that appears after the noun it modifies is a Post-positive adjective but I'm not sure that's the same construction.

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  • I can't offhand think of any other examples, set forms or not, using a three- (or four- with the 'and') word string of the form Adj + N + Adj (where there is no compound noun as in necessary letters patent or necessary postposing to switch meaning as in wicked people responsible / well-maintained runway proper). Apr 18, 2014 at 15:53

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Because it changes the natural word order of the sentence, it can be considered a form of hyperbaton.

It is usually only seen in a poetic or heightened context: "They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow/Through Eden took their solitary way."

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  • Beautiful example, but I'm wondering how 'usual' it is for the man on the Clapham Omnibus to be reading – Milton, isn't it:-) Apr 18, 2014 at 23:12

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