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How to use the word alive as an adjective in a sentence? [closed]

Example: She returned from spiritual retreat "vividly" (OR FULL OF LIFE) Is alive a postpositive adjective? If I want to say: She returned from spiritual retreat "ALIVELY" (...
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Incorrect? "This was deemed the bodies corporate decision"

I just got a letter from my body corporate, and it had in it, "this was deemed the bodies corporate decision." This doesn't seem right to me, since "bodies corporate" is the plural ...
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Why are English tense names backward (adjective after noun)? [duplicate]

The adjectives in English tense names to often be postpositive adjective: present continuous/progressive/perfect(ive). Simple is used rather sloppily by different authorities, varying in either being ...
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Adjectives after nouns in descriptions of persons or animals [duplicate]

Am I right that gray is an adjective in the following quote? ...the light was coming from a flashlight being carried in the mouth of a large black Scottie dog, its muzzle gray with age. Is it common ...
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Postpositive "unknown"

The house was broken into by a person or persons unknown. Whis is (the adjective?) unknown used after the noun phrase here?
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Plural of "beef Wellington"

A colleague asked: what is the plural of "beef Wellington"? (In response to a few comments, I recognise that I am unlikely to be misunderstood in a restaurant no matter how I order ...
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'Oil produced' vs 'produced oil', take 2

Recently a question was asked here on EL&U: This is the sentence I’m confused about: After eight years, the amount of oil produced rose significantly. Why is it oil produced and not produced oil? ...
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Postpositive "concerned": temporary state of affairs

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language reads Postpositive present (or absent) denotes a temporary state of affairs: compare the present government. The same applies to involved and ...
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clothing "DISTINCTIVE TO" a particular position

Habit: to dress somebody in clothing distinctive TO a particular position or office (literary) Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. What is the meaning of TO here? Is distinctive a postnominal adjective? I ...
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It's the size of a brick; What size shirt/shoes do you take?; I have a daughter your age

What is the grammar of the English words "size", "age", etc? According to Quirk (1985:1293) Some noun phrases of measure, denoting size, age, etc, can also be postposed: A man the size of a ...
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Usage and order of "galore": an adjective, but looks like an adverb

It is common to put adverbs of manner after a direct object. But is it grammatically correct to put an adjective after noun? As in: Since then there have been reports, inquiries and guidance galore. ...
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nouns separated from postpositive adjectives by a comma

If geometrical patterns below is separated from marked by a comma that means marked refers to the flower beds. Is this reasoning correct? I once read something about this but I cannot seem to remember ...
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Can I say "I have two pens less", and "I have two dollars less"? [closed]

There were 50 students in the class. The teacher gave out 50 pens to the students (the students got a total of 50 pens). The teacher gave 50 pens to every student (every student got fifty pens each). ...
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Why is it "Shaun the Sheep" but "Peter Rabbit"? Or Pepa Pig, but Dorothy the Dinosaur

Epithets. I can add some more examples, for example: Charles the Great, Charles the Rash, Edward the Confessor BUT The Brothers Grimm, the Emperor Jones What is the rule or difference in meaning ...
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Should a foreign phrase that modifies an English noun go before or after that noun in English?

I’m thinking of the placement of the Latin phrase, ad hominem as it is used in English, not as it is used in Latin. Should it precede or follow its noun? In other words, are both of these two ...
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Presidents Elect or President-Elects?

If you have several presidents awaiting inauguration, should we refer to them as Presidents Elect or President-Elects?
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Can I put "all" after nouns?

I came upon sentence: I am delighted that Lynch has found space for Wisden, Liddell and Scott’s Greek–English Lexicon, and the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, estimable works all (or at ...
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Can "same" be postpositive?

Can we put the sentence "same as" after a noun? For example, He drives the same car as you. He drives the car same as you. Can we use the latter expression instead of the former? I seldom see the ...
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Postpositive adjective in two different sentences?

In these two sentences: He made me angry He heard creatures unseen, both have an adjective at the end. However, we know that unseen can be shifted before creatures to maintain ...
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Use of "Proper" as a postpositive adjective

I have an inkling that the following word usage is grammatically-correct; however, it is immensely difficult to search for confirmation, as all I receive for queries like "Proper as an adjective&...
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The thing proper

I found myself writing this: .. and this is before we consider mathematics proper. It seemed like a natural kind of thing to write, but I couldn't find an example of it. I get the impression it's ...
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