Adjective following a noun (proper, apparent)

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So far I've come across two adjectives that sometimes follow a noun.
Are there any more such odd adjectives?

the town proper
the heir apparent

  • AprendoSiempre

    Senior Member
    American English (NC)
    According to

    1.) Their are certain fixed phrases

    • Attorney General
    • court-martial
    • poet laureate
    • heir apparent
    • president-elect
    2.) Some '-ible' and '-able' adjectives CAN follow the nouns, but they don't have to.

    • My uncle will eat all the food available.
    3.) Adjectives are always placed after words like something, everything, anything, nothing, somebody, everybody, somewhere etc.

    • Let us go somewhere quiet.
    • I heard something interesting today.
    Those are the more common cases. Does that help?


    Senior Member
    English, UK
    I have in the past been stamped on by a moderator for writing a list, but here goes:
    matters sacred and profane: the Procurer Fiscal (head of the Scottish legal system like the American Attorney General, another example; Sergeant Major; "Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant" (by Geoge Bernard Shaw); court martial (plural courts martial); a fait accompli (admittedly borrowed from French); the biter bit (sic, not bitten in this particular phrase). That will do for my contribution.;)


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    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
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