Adjectives before nouns


If adjectives must be placed before nouns, why is this sentence incorrect?


Juan took a full of food backpack...

asked Sep 23 '13 at 13:57 Maria New member

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'Full of food' is used as an adjective here, but incorrectly.  When you use this type of construction, you should use dashes between the words.


 Juan took a full-of-food backpack...

This would be correct, but it is awkward. 'A backpack full of food' would be the more common construction.

link answered Sep 23 '13 at 14:10 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

So grateful for your quick response! But I understand there is no other explanation to this other than that "a backpack full of food" is a better construction?

MariaSep 23 '13 at 14:56

No, Maria, as I pointed out, 'full-of-food backpack' is the other explanation. You need the hyphens between the words if you are to use the phrase as an adjective.

Lewis NeidhardtSep 23 '13 at 17:50

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