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Adjectival Phrases

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Funny word, the adjective. When it appears as just one word, it must usually come before the word it modifies. Thus, we can write about the essential factor, and we must position essential before factor. But if we add some words to essential—typically a prepositional phrase—we get a group of words we can position after the word it modifies. Thus:

The factors essential to our success include hard work and patience.

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