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- (grammar, of a word or phrase) Modifying a noun, while in the same phrase as that noun.
- In "this big house", "big" is attributive, whereas in "this house is big", it is predicative.
- In "this big house", "house" is substantive, whereas in "this big house of cards" it is attributive.
1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational grammar: a first course, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, page 197:
- Since both Attributes and Adjuncts recursively expand N-bar into N-bar, it seems clear that the two have essentially the same function, so that Attributes are simply pronominal Adjuncts (though we shall continue to follow tradition and refer to attributive premodifiers as Attributes rather than Adjuncts).
- Having the nature of an attribute.
of, or being an attributive
having the nature of an attribute
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attributive (plural attributives)
- (grammar) An attributive word or phrase (see above), contrasted with predicative or substantive.
- In "this big house," "big" is an attributive, while in "this house is big," it is a predicative.
- In "this tiger is a man-eater," "man" is an attributive noun.
a word or phrase that modifies a noun and is part of the noun's noun phrase
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