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名詞を形容詞として使う

 

the email from JaneとJane’s email、あなたはどちらの表現が自然な英語だと思いますか。Aaronのアドバイスをお読みください。最後に、練習問題がありますので、是非試してください。

 

Grammar: nouns as adjectives

One change you may want to make in your English is to use nouns as adjectives. Doing so has two benefits:

1) Your English would sound more natural.
2) Your sentences would be shorter.

Correct example 1: The invoice for April is attached.
Correct example 2: The April invoice is attached.

Both example 1 and example 2 are correct. However, example 2 sounds better.
Using nouns as adjectives shortens sentences, and shorter sentences are generally better than longer sentences.

Correct example 3: I read the email from Jane.
Correct example 4: I read Jane’s email.

To my ear, example 4 sounds better than example 3.

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If you would like to practice changing nouns into adjectives, here are a couple of sentences to try:

Two Students, Sarah and Michelle
1) The table in the dining room had been pushed against the wall.
2) Both students completed their assignments for homework together every afternoon.
3) Sarah and Michelle had been classmates in elementary school.
4) Sarah showed her assignment for Tuesday to Michelle.
5) Michelle found a mistake in Sarah’s homework for geometry.

You may check your answers in Aaron answers.

 

The Answers

Grammar: nouns as adjectives

1) The dining room table had been pushed against the wall.

2) Both students completed their homework assignments together every afternoon.

3) Sarah and Michelle had been elementary school classmates.

4) Sarah showed her Tuesday assignment to Michelle.

5) Michelle found a mistake in Sarah’s geometry homework.

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