a question about adjectives

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why we say Rose flower or red car but planet earth and not earth planet

asked Feb 27 '13 at 05:28 sj New member

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Both 'planet' and 'Earth' (capitalized because it's a proper noun in this use) are nouns. Earth (or Mars, Mercury, etc.) defines which planet. It is the same as saying 'my brother John'.

link comment edited Feb 27 '13 at 13:13 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow
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I can't think of an instance where I would say "Rose flower". Rose is not a proper noun, so it would not be capitalized. If I mention a rose, I don't need to also say that it is a flower.

link comment edited Feb 27 '13 at 22:36 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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