The sentence is: "After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field entire."

A quote from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

I want to know if the word "entire" is a flat adverb, a postpositive adjective, a noun alternative for entirety, or some other part of speech in the bolded sentence above.

Thank you for reading. I hope you will respond and share your thoughts with me.

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    It seems to me like it's a postpartitive adjective, like "the city entire". To me, it doesn't feel like that follows the American grammatical rules for flat adverbs (which I wish some grammarian would write down, rather than just arguing about whether flat adverbs are grammatical). – Peter Shor May 30 '18 at 19:44
  • The anastrophe (unusual word sequence) makes this a little more difficult – Richard Haven Mar 27 at 15:35

Merriam-Webster includes this sense in its definition of entire:

(noun) archaic : the whole : ENTIRETY

Here, entire is a noun which has the alternative meaning of "entirety." It sounds like this matches its use in your example sentence.

  • So which of the OP's definitions do you think it is ? – Nigel J May 30 '18 at 18:30
  • Well, MW says that 'entirety' is a noun. The question asks what 'entire' is in the context of the sentence. So you think 'entire' is a 'noun alternative'. – Nigel J May 30 '18 at 18:37

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