Which is stronger: a noun or an adjective?

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I read where two men were debating over a sentence that involved an adjective followed by the noun that was being modified by the adjective. They were disagreeing on which of the two words---the adjective or the noun---should take up most of the discussion the two men were involved in at that time. One of the men finally said to the other, "Which is stronger: a noun or an adjective?" That immediately ended the debate, and so the rest of the discusson cenetered around the noun.

What did the man mean when he asked which of the two words is stronger? Is there some technical explanation in grammar as to why the debate was settled right then and there, that is, why a noun is stronger than any adjective modifying the noun?

noun adjective asked Apr 27 at 23:32 Nathan New member

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