she is a beautiful young lady


why this sentence use 2 adjectives ? can it be she is a beautifully young lady .

asked Oct 04 '12 at 14:16 ve New member

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No, beautifully is an adverb and does not modify lady.


Multiple adjectives are common, so beautiful young lady is grammatically correct. Indeed, you could also say:


She is a beautiful, red-haired, long-legged, young lady.


That sentence uses six adjectives to describe the lady.

link answered Oct 04 '12 at 14:29 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

You confused me with beautifully, which is an adverb. "Beautiful" is an adjective in the example sentence that modifies "lady" with equal weight to the adjective "young". I'm not sure where "beautifully" came in.

TolleyOct 04 '12 at 14:38

The question (not the heading) ends with "? can it be she is a beautifully young lady." I was answering the last question first.

Jeff PribylOct 04 '12 at 14:41

I gotcha.

TolleyOct 04 '12 at 16:12

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She is a beautiful young lady is absolutely fine (and also a sincere compliment without overdoing it).


If you think of young lady as a noun phrase rather than an adjective modifying a noun, it's easier to see why you can then modify the whole with another adjective. This is also why you do not need a comma after beautiful.


Beautifully young lady is also correct grammatically (you can modify an adjective with an adverb – very young lady), but it is logically nonsense.

link comment edited Oct 04 '12 at 14:38 Peter Guess Expert

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