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Quick english question..

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Doglover, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    Is the "traffic" in traffic jam an adjective?
  2. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    Is the "traffic" in traffic jam an adjective?
  3. v12


    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"
  4. laffal0t

    laffal0t New commenter

  5. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    Traffic jam is a compound noun.
  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    No. The car in car park isn't an adjective, after all.

    What about climbing frame? That'sa bit more interesting.
  7. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    I made some jam once and it was teraffic!

  8. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    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
  9. Traffic acts as an adjective in this case. Compound nouns do not have a gap between the parts, like bedroom or headlight.
  10. D'accord.
    In this context, traffic is an adjective, qualifying the noun.

  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. doglover, you are going to have to post the poem now!
  14. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    Full is the adjective - the moon is full, it is a full moon

  15. Doglover

    Doglover Occasional commenter

    The poem:
    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!
  16. 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.
  17. lapinrose

    lapinrose Star commenter

    CQ Traffic jam is a compound noun, has become so through common usage.
  18. Hmmm, the ing form.
    I find those two examples more challenging than the climbing frame example.
  19. Anonymous

    Anonymous New commenter

    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.

  20. giraffe

    giraffe New commenter

    on the move
    for a while

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