Correct position of adjective?

I’m confused with these 3 sentences for the adjective ‘responsible’ The police seem certain they will find the people responsible for the attack. The police seem certain they will find the responsible people for the attack. The police seem certain they will find the people who is responsible for the attack. Which sentence is correct, … Read more

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” because adverb grammatically follows verb. Answer Actually “unencumbered” doesn’t modify the verb “explore” here in this sentence. The verb “left” causes the … Read more

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? Something to distinguish closer-to-the-tip and slightly-further-to-the-tip. Answer Proximal is nearest to the point of attachment and distal is furthest away. … Read more

Adjective position

1.Mathematics teacher 2.Mathematic teacher 3.Teacher in mathematics Which one is grammatically correct ? Answer Mathematics teacher is correct. Mathematics here is a noun used attributively, not an adjective, and the correct term for this particular science is “mathematics“. Teacher of mathematics would also be correct. BrE uses the short form maths, e.g. maths teacher; AmE … Read more

Long sentence between “make” and adjective

Consider the text below, which is an attempt of translation from Italian. This is needed in order to make all the editorial processes the manuscript will undergo transparent. The boldface words show the connection with the transparent adjective, which is supposed to be connected with the make verb. But the sentence between the verb and … Read more

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? Answer In "a size bigger", "size" is used as a unit of measurement. This usage presumes that whatever is being discussed (clothing, drink servings, etc.) comes in … Read more

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. Answer It’s an allusion to a very famous speech by Abraham Lincoln, which included the line: A house … Read more

“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: As dictionaries I read suggested, Infamous is used for having an extremely bad reputation or deserving of or causing an evil reputation It seems to me, the word infamous only … Read more