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Adiective+noun or noun+adjective?

Hello friends,
I've already studied a vocabulary book named Word Power Made Easy. This sentence maked me shocked: The Greek prefix "a" makes a root negative.

Shouldn't we say negative root instead of root negative? 

Thank you in advance.


  • @Mahnaz12, make is usually described as a TRANSITIVE verb, ie a verb with ONE OBJECT.

    But there are other possibilities. You yourself used one:

    This sentence maked me shocked

    (Actually, it should be made.)
    In this clause, shocked isn't the OBJECT. There are other terms, but in the ones that I prefer

    • me is the DIRECT OBJECT
    • shocked is the OBJECT COMPLEMENT

    Similarly, in the clause

    The Greek prefix "a" makes a root negative.

    • a root is the DIRECT OBJECT
    • negative is the OBJECT COMPLEMENT

    Another possibility for make is TWO OBJECTS i.e. a DIRCT OBJECT and an INDIRECT OBJECT. This pattern is often described as DITRANSITIVE. Forexample:

    She made me a cup of tea

    • me is the INDIRECT OBJECT
    • a cup of tea is the DIRECT OBJECT

    One important modern grammar book use these terms and abbreviations

    • MONOTRANSITIVE — SVO —e.g. He made a chair.
    • DITRANSITIVE — SVOO — e.g. He made his mother a chair.
    • COMPLEX-TRANSITIVE — SVOC — e.g. He made the chair beautiful.

    You wanted make to be TRANSITIVE with a root negative as DIRECT OBJECT.
    But this impossible — a root negative is ungrammatical.
    There are very very few phrases in Present Day English with an NOUN immediately followed by an ADJECTIVE. They are all old fashioned, and many of them are the titles of officials and institutions. For example: the Attorney General, a court martial.

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