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Adjective-position in movies titles

Why is it "Mission Impossible" not "Impossible Mission" and so in "The Lion King", why not "The King Lion", and so on? I'm not a native English speaker.
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“Germany's” or “German” Ministry of Defence? [duplicate]

What are the rules for referring to a ministry (or any other department, organisation, etc) of a specific country? I found both on Google. Are the US and UK exceptions (as it's the US Ministry of ...
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Is there a mandatory (particular) adjective order when describing something with more than one adjective [duplicate]

When describing something with 3 or more adjectives how should I arrange them?
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Can a verb be followed by an adjective?

I see this sentence "In order to explore this city unencumbered, I left my luggage at the station" Why is an adjective "unencumbered" used here? I think it should be changed into "uncencumberedly" ...
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Is there a word for near the tip of an object?

I am designing a device with two similar components close to its tip, see below. I need some descriptors to tell the two components apart. What would be the best words to describe the positions? ...
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“British female students” or “female British students”?

Which is more correct between "British female students" and "female British students"? I have found examples of both - even the Daily Mail renders it both ways.
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Is it right to say 'a bright cold day'?

Is it right to say ‘a bright cold day’ in English? Is the order of adjectives right while saying so? Source: Nineteen Eighty-Four by G. Orwell
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What to do when using adjectives in an order OTHER THAN the most natural

Would you answer a question about punctuation for me? I understand the “natural order” of multiple adjectives, but what should you do when you specifically want some other order? My understanding is ...
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One word to describe “On the left” or “On the right” like in Above and Below

As in the title, It would be handy if there were equivalents of Above and Below for 'On the left' and 'On the right', I'm wondering why there aren't ?
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feminist art historian [closed]

Can "feminist art historian" be read as both "(feminist art) historian" and "feminist (art historian)"? I think both are possible and depend on context but when it is imagined out of context the ...
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Does the order of adjectives, “fresh” and “fried”, affect meaning? [closed]

Fresh fried fish Fried fresh fish Fish fried fresh Fish fresh fried Fried fish fresh What's the difference between the ways of writing the same idea above? What are the ...
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Meaning behind “Only” position? how to use “only” properly? [duplicate]

only I eat an apple I only eat an apple I eat only an apple I eat an apple only 3 and 4 sentence are more confusing.., both are same?? please help me guys
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Adjective position [closed]

1.Mathematics teacher 2.Mathematic teacher 3.Teacher in mathematics Which one is grammatically correct ?
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What is the difference of meaning between “a bigger size” and “a size bigger”?

I read the two forms. I learned that the adjective is before the noun but I guess that there are some exceptions. Is there a difference in meaning?
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Proposed and unique - adjective order?

I'm preparing a presentation and I have to say "ABC is our proposed unique solution for all the above issues" Basically, I need to say that the solution we proposed is unique. Should it be proposed ...
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Why is “A Nation Divided” in this headline instead of “A Divided Nation”?

I wonder why "A Nation Divided" is in this headline instead of "A Divided Nation". To me, from how I am taught, isn't an adjective supposed to go before the noun? I am not a native speaker.
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Iced Grande Latte or Grande Iced Latte

I want to order a Grande-sized cup of iced latte. Should I order "Iced Grande Latte" or "Grande Iced Latte" ? I looked up for adjective order. The first result from Google says Quantity or number ...
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“Infamous” for an event

I read this sentence on BBC News, He was among those beaten by police during the infamous Selma-Montgomery voting rights march of 1965. link: http://archive.is/Wlslv#selection-1355.147-1355.192 ...
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When do attributive adjectives follow nouns and pronouns?

In the examples below, "big" and "better" are adjectives following a noun and a pronoun (respectively) that they qualify: The couple were shopping for a house big enough for their 42 children. I don'...
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What kind of adjective is the word 'ALONE'

I am quite new to the idea or postpositive adjectives, and would like to know if the adjective 'alone'(which is usually predicative) can be placed in that position. e.g. - I alone cannot change ...
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“the prince’s late mother’s iconic image” [closed]

I read the following from the Vanity Fair: Nearly a quarter century after Princess Diana famously sat on a bench now named after her, William and Kate re-enacted the prince’s late mother’s iconic ...
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Is “something red” an example of ellipsis or adjectival positioning

I want to better understand why the construction something + [adjective] makes grammatical sense. Background: I was recently reading a Washington Post article and came across the following sentence. ...
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Order of adjectives: why is “This is a hot, tasty, Indian curry.” wrong? [duplicate]

It seems that the correct form is "This is a tasty, hot, Indian curry." I don't understand why you cant reorder "tasty" and "hot". It seems to me that they both reflect the gustatory sensation of ...
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Is this misplaced adjective ok, even though it is technically incorrect?

I am writing a technical how-to manual on a hardware/software system, and I've written the following phrase: "To avoid taking up unnecessary storage space on your computer, ..." Looking back at it,...
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the official responsible, the responsible official [duplicate]

EU legislation is full of 'responsible officials' and 'responsible persons', 'responsible authorities' and the like (e.g.'at least one responsible person must be resident in Estonia' 'a responsible ...
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Green color or color green? [closed]

Can I replace all of the bold text with color green? I don't know when should I use green color and when color green. I have my wall painted in green color and it is generally believed that ...
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*free of charge* used with other adjectives and a noun

Do you write or say other adjectives before or after the adjective free of charge used together with a noun? Is it better to put other adjectives before or after free of charge? Do you put an ...
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When to use this construction: so Adjective a Noun

In "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene, Mr Fowler says: I watched her closely while she asked how I was and touched my splinted leg and gave me her shoulder to lean on, as though one could lean ...
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Why do we call it “gum arabic” and not “arabic gum”?

Not in use so much these days, "gum arabic" can still be found for sale in small bottles. Is there a reason why it is called "gum arabic" and not "arabic gum"? Gum Arabic - Gum arabic, also known ...
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“Dance macabre” or “macabre dance”

The role is the kind of high-wire dare certain types of actors and directors cannot resist. T. Scott Cunningham, who has created a number of lovable losers onstage in the last decade, lets the ...
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Is “The City Beautiful” (Orlando's motto) grammatically correct?

I have always wondered why the motto of the City of Orlando, FL (USA) is worded as The City Beautiful instead of The Beautiful City: Is The City Beautiful grammatically correct? If so, do you have ...