One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a word or part of speech) preceding a noun.
- ‘Given that the prenominal possessive is itself an noun-phrase, we should expect a prenominal possessive to be able to occupy the noun-phrase slot within a larger prenominal possessive.’
- ‘And prenominal genitive determiner noun phrases are not adjectives, so to think that they can't be antecedents of pronouns for that reason is even madder than merely imagining that some obscure rule is being violated.’
- ‘We get a couple of noun phrases with hyphenated compound prenominal attributive modifiers like outcome-related, real-world, and whole-of-organisation, and that's just about it.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin praenomen, praenomin- ‘first name’ + -al.
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