A colleague of mine wrote the following sentence:
I have worked on the below mentioned issues:
Now, I'm not a native speaker, and certainly not an authority on grammar. I construct sentences based on what I can only describe as intuition (what sounds right based on what I've previously read/ heard.)
I told him
below mentioned issues didn't sound right and I thought it should be
issues mentioned below instead.
- He was reluctant to end with a prespostion.
above mentionedis valid,
below mentionedshould be, too.
I don't subscribe to the notion that prepositions can't end a sentence. But I didn't wan't a debate about that. I replied:
- The phrase which the preposition governs goes without saying (as in, mentioned below/above this sentence)
above mentionedisn't really two words. It's a one-word adjective.
He was satisfied, but he insisted he had seen it being written as two words.
Later, out of curiosity, I did an ngram search, which shows that
above mentioned as two separate words is indeed frequent. More so than
above-mentioned until 1935, and still in 2nd place, outranking
abovementioned. I assumed people using it as an adjective were more likely to drop the hyphen than use two words. Apparently I was wrong.
I suppose the frequency of
above mentioned could be padded by sentences like this:
The people (who live) above mentioned seeing him.
But the same should be true for
below mentioned, which is virtually non-existent according to the ngram
Hence my question:
above mentioned issues grammatical? Is
below mentioned issues? What are the rules behind this?