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  1. peachalulu

    peachalulu Contributing Member Reviewer Contributor

    May 20, 2012
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    occasionally Oz , mainly Canada

    Can nouns turn into modifers successfully?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by peachalulu, Oct 21, 2012.

    In a scene I'm writing I've got two characters one in pajamas the other topless. One bare shoulder winds up brushing a pajama-ed
    shoulder. Thats how I wrote it pajama-ed. Technically not a word. The scene is jumped into but I suppose I could have explained the
    clothing situation to avoid this. In fact the scene may not even make it into the story but it got me to thinking - can a writer
    successfully turn a noun into a modifier? or does the reader smirk and think the writer is being too 'clever'.
    Ironically, I did it to avoid an extra sentence not really to be experimental.

    Jude leaned over untill his bare shoulder brushed Alice’s pajama-ed shoulder.

    I suppose I could've just said Jude leaned over untill his bare shoulder brushed Alice's pajama clad shoulder.
  2. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    May 19, 2007
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    Massachusetts, USA
    There are nouns that have corresponding adjectives, e.g. buttered, booked, penciled, watered. Pajamaed is in the dictionary, not hyphenated. But be careful about coining your own.

    Remember to use a dictionary if you have one. If you don't, get one! Or more than one.
  3. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Nov 21, 2006
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    Coquille, Oregon
    yup!... all of that...

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