Talk:marsupial

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marsupial

Adjective: of, or pertaining to a marsupial. Isn't this just a regular attributive adjective? We don't accept these, right (although there are some translations thereunder which could be worth a keep) --Jackofclubs 13:45, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

It has a limited amount of use as a true adjective. Consider the following cases, respectively, of gradable, comparative, and predicate use:
2002, Fiction Fix: First Injection, page 58:
But there's this pouch just below my belly button, very marsupial, where the kangaroo lives.
1952, The Motor‎, page 520:
It seemed to me, meandering around Earls Court, that motors should be more marsupial.
1892, The American naturalist‎, page 125:
Showing that this animal is marsupial, consists of the following characters.

DCDuring TALK 16:18, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

  • Great. Maybe there should be a(nother) definition as having a pouch or similar. --Jackofclubs 06:18, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
    Would that be the attributive use of the noun sense, as in marsupial mouse? Beats me whether we are supposed to include that as an adjective sense. Michael Z. 2009-04-23 14:49 z
  • The reason I troubled to find and provide the particular citations above is that predicate, graded, and comparative use are three markers of true adjectivity. (BTW, I am not sure that the usage in the "more" quote is comparative, though certainly graded.) DCDuring TALK 16:08, 23 April 2009 (UTC)
    Good info. This kind of thing should be recommended in WT:ELE, or in subguidelines for particular POS headings. Michael Z. 2009-04-23 16:53 z

RFD passed, since everyone seems to accept DCDuring's cites as demonstrating adjectivality. :-)   —RuakhTALK 01:36, 30 June 2009 (UTC)