Re: "attributive" participle

From: Don Wilkins (
Date: Wed Oct 15 1997 - 12:55:32 EDT

At 08:56 AM 10/15/97 -0400, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>There are two meanings to the word "attributive" that make sense here:
>1. The "attributive" participle describes the attributes of a noun.
>2. The "attributive" participle occurs in attributive position.
>Which of these is the reason for the name?

I've never thought about this (Jonathan has a knack for raising interesting
questions), but I'm sure #1 is the answer.

Don Wilkins

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