Attributive Position of Adjectives

Attributive adjectives go before the nouns they qualify.

Attributive adjectives after nouns

1. Attributive adjectives can be put after nouns. This happens in certain fixed phrases.

Examples are: Attorney General, court martial, poet laureate, time immemorial, heir apparent etc.

2. Certain adjectives ending in -ible and -able are also put after the nouns they qualify.

3. Adjectives are always placed after words like something, everything, anything, nothing, somebody, everybody, somewhere etc.

Adjectives used only in attributive position

Some adjectives are used only in attributive position.

Common examples are: elder, eldest, live, little, mere, sheer etc.

After a verb, other words must be used.

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