KISS Level 5.5 - Post-Positioned
“Post-positioned adjectives” is actually a
short-cut because, as the instructional material indicates, most cases
can be explained as ellipsed clauses based on an S/V/PN pattern. For students
who can understand appositives, this construction should be very easy to
master, and it is also important for statistical stylistic studies because
it has the effect of tightening the style by eliminating the pronoun and
form of the verb “to be” that appear is subordinate S/V/PA clauses. Some
writers use this construction frequently; others don’t.
Suggested Directions for Analytical Exercises
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements
(“PA,” “PN,” “IO,” or “DO”).
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. If the clause
functions as a noun, label its function. If it functions as an adjective
or adverb, draw an arrow from the opening bracket to the word that the
4. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
5. Label each post-positioned adjective "PPA."
Probable Time Required
For students who have mastered clauses, two
exercises should suffice.
# 3 - A Passage for Analysis
# 4 - A Treasure Hunt
In a book that you are reading, find five sentences that include a post-positioned
adjective and make an exercise (with an analysis key).