(This is coming from a discussion over at ELL, but the specific nuance below fits here I think).
Consider two statements about a dog:
- The dog has brown fur
- The dog has aesthetic appeal
and two alternate formulations:
- The dog's fur is brown
- The dog's appeal is aesthetic
Is it simply idiom, or is there something technical about the role of "aesthetic" in the underlying proposition that makes 4 rarely if ever used?