I have faced the following sentence:

"The work leverages features unique to a particular platform."

As far as I know an adjective is used before a noun but how can we say "features unique"?

I think "unique features" is correct. But this sentence is written in a valid text and the probability of making a mistake by authors is very low!!!

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    Adjectives can come after a noun. In the quoted sentence, the prepositional phrase "to a particular platform" is attached to the adjective "unique". An adjective that is connected to a prepositional phrase cannot come before a noun: we can't say "unique to a particular platform features". So the adjective and the prepositional phrase are both put after the noun in this situation.
    – herisson
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 5:04
  • Most adjectives that have an obligatory complement can only occur after the noun they modify. In your example "to a particular platform" is such a complement, and hence "unique to a particular platform" is an adjective phrase directly post-modifying "features".
    – BillJ
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 6:22

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The example sentence is an elided form of the following:

The work leverages features [that are] unique to a particular platform.

In short, it's assumed to have a relative pronoun and verb between features and unique. But it's not uncommon to leave those linking words out.

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