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Grammar Question

Postby lawschoolftw » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:09 am

"Knowledgeable designer and builder."

As I understand it, knowledgeable should modify both designer and builder. Is this correct?

And, more importantly, if so, can anyone reference a specific "rule" of grammar that would make that understanding correct?

Any help is appreciated.

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Re: Grammar Question

Postby ILoveYou » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:27 am

Yup. You've got 2 nouns that you can consider a single "composite" predicate noun phrase ("designer and builder"), and your adjective ("knowledgeable") modifies both. The reason for this is better illustrated if we make it a complete sentence:

"Lawschoolftw is a knowledgeable designer and builder."

Here, "designer and builder" restates our subject, "Lawschoolftw," which we know because of the be verb "is." Thus, the two nouns are really a single part of speech, which the adjective modifies.

Hope that clears things up!

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