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    as the question says, why is using a noun as an adjective grammatically wrong?
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    because it's a noun not an adjective.
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    I like it. It makes for some good describing.
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    OP give us an example of a sentance which raised the question....
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    the noun being used is 'boy' in the phrase "a boy dog".
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    (Original post by theoldnurse)
    because it's a noun not an adjective.
    In summary, this.
    :p:
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    (Original post by SpiritedAway)
    the noun being used is 'boy' in the phrase "a boy dog".
    Because it goes against all laws of grammar? Why would you need to say 'boy' dog, when you could say male dog? 'Boy dog' is child language.
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    just to add, it was a child that wrote it (6 years old), so i'm trying to explain what this might show about the complexity of the child's language.
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    (Original post by SpiritedAway)
    the noun being used is 'boy' in the phrase "a boy dog".
    am i missing something? wouldn't the phrase 'a male dog' suffice?

    edit: oh nvm, i didn't know about the child thing.
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    (Original post by SpiritedAway)
    just to add, it was a child that wrote it (6 years old), so i'm trying to explain what this might show about the complexity of the child's language.
    it means that the child has so far only grasped gender in terms of boys and girls, and doesn't get know the corresponding adjectives male and female, which if you think about it are more complex.
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    thanks, this was a big help
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    It isn't.

    "Tennis match", "television program", "mountain bike", "mushroom soup", etc...

    Look up "noun adjunct" on Google or in an English dictionary.
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    (Original post by Fleece)
    'Boy dog' is child language.
    Sorry; did you just use the noun 'child' as an adjective there?

    Or was that deliberate irony?
 
 
 
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