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
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    It seems more like an adjective than an adverb. The meaning of the sentence "...she went over the entire little garden field" seems more like the meaning of the original than "...she went entirely over the the little garden field". I think this is related to the fact that 'entire' in the original is much closer to the nouns than the verb. Also the structure of the original very similar to "When I was young I courted a lady fair" where "fair" is definitely an adjective" – BoldBen Apr 27 at 13:02

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.

As a paraphrase:

After a while she got up from where she was and went over the little garden field in its entirety.

  • 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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