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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 2:52:32 PM
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I am reading "The Owl who was afraid of the Dark" with my son.
"Plop was a baby barn owl, and he lived with his mummy and daddy at the top of a very tall tree in a field.
He had a beautiful heart-shaped ruff.
Is "barn" an adjective? and what does it mean in "a baby barn owl"?
Is "heart-shaped" a compound adjective made up of noun plus past participle?
Why can't we switch the adjective order of "a beautiful heart-shaped ruff"?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:16:10 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
I am reading "The Owl who was afraid of the Dark" with my son.
"Plop was a baby barn owl, and he lived with his mummy and daddy at the top of a very tall tree in a field.
He had a beautiful heart-shaped ruff.
Is "barn" an adjective? and what does it mean in "a baby barn owl"?
Is "heart-shaped" a compound adjective made up of noun plus past participle?
Why can't we switch the adjective order of "a beautiful heart-shaped ruff"?


"Barn" is part of the actual name of this owl, to separate it from other owls, such as the Horned Owl.

The word, "beautiful" applies to the shape of the ruff, describing it as heart-shaped and placing the focus on that shape. If you reverse it, then the word "beautiful" would apply to the ruff itself, regardless of its shape.


Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:20:18 PM
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Thanks. Why can't we use noun plus noun to form compound adjective- heart shape?
How do we know that heart-shaped is grammatically correct but heart-shape isn't?
FounDit
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:29:16 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. Why can't we use noun plus noun to form compound adjective- heart shape?
How do we know that heart-shaped is grammatically correct but heart-shape isn't?


You could use noun + noun, but that changes the idea. That would become a heart shape, without the hyphen.

Similarly, you could have star-shaped, but something that has a star shape. It's two different ideas.

One coveys the idea of the ruff, or star, being created to mimic something (even though it is only in our imagination), and the other simply compares the shape of two different things.


Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:39:35 PM
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