I see some examples with adjectives taking place after nouns they define like

  • I want to go to a city close to Istanbul
  • Have you ever had a friend kind to you?

But what about their -st or -most(superlative) ones? Are sentences below grammatically OK?

  • I want to go to the city the closest to Istanbul?(The longest version is "the city that is the closest to Istanbul")
  • Who was your friend the kindest to you?

I know we can say "the closest city to Istanbul" or "the kindest friend to you" but I'm asking about the ones above. Thanks

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    "A friend kind to you" is ungrammatical. It would be "A friend be kind to you". Similar problems apply to your superlative. "Which friend was kindest to you?". The city ones are fine. – Dan Bron Apr 28 at 19:59
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    First, @DanBron is right. "A friend kind to you" is ungrammatical. An adjective that properly appears after a noun is called a post-positive adjective, so you may want to research that topic. However, in response to your question, yes, you can properly say, "I want to go to the city closest to Istanbul," though you'll notice I've omitted the "the" you put between "city" and "closest" as it's incorrect. – Benjamin Harman Apr 28 at 20:59

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