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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Doglover, Apr 17, 2012.
Is the "traffic" in traffic jam an adjective?
Wouldn't the whole thing be a noun?
Oh, Hang on. I see what you mean.
"I was stuck in a jam" "What kind?" "A traffic jam"
Traffic jam is a compound noun.
No. The car in car park isn't an adjective, after all.
What about climbing frame? That'sa bit more interesting.
I made some jam once and it was teraffic!
My daughter has a poem - the title is "Traffic Jam".
There are no adjectives in the body of the poem - it is all nouns and verbs, as far as I can see.
She has to identify "the adjective" in the poem, and this is the only possible adjective we can come up with :s
Traffic acts as an adjective in this case. Compound nouns do not have a gap between the parts, like bedroom or headlight.
In this context, traffic is an adjective, qualifying the noun.
I disagree. It is not a public park. Or a truck park. Or an animal park. Car is the qualifier.
Climbing is also an adjective, in your example. As it is not the frame doing the climbing.
hmmm, although just a thought...
like you, I tend to consider a compound noun as either two nouns written as one word or separated by a hyphen.
But what about full moon?
I am torn...
doglover, you are going to have to post the poem now!
Full is the adjective - the moon is full, it is a full moon
Lorries halt, cars skate
Trucks skid, bikes brake.
Nerves fray, horns blow,
Men swear, tempers grow.
Lights change, drivers smile
We're on the move for a while!
That is what I think - but I googled, and immediately found it classed by some (probably science teacher *ducks*) as a compound noun!
I mean, you don't just have a full moon, you have a half moon, a new moon, a waxing moon, a waning moon.
All adjectives, IMO.
CQ Traffic jam is a compound noun, has become so through common usage.
Hmmm, the ing form.
I find those two examples more challenging than the climbing frame example.
Does it matter? Do you know what it means?
You have traffic lights, traffic calming measures (now that's a good one) and traffic police.
on the move
for a while