EuroTrash wrote:When you put an adjective in front of a noun, that would usually follow the noun, the effect is to emphasise the adjective. So the club is specifically for INCORRIGIBLE optimists. It's the incorrigibleness of them that's interesting, not their optimism.
It's a subtlety that you have to get used to really, by seeing it done. An "affreux événement" is somehow more shockingly awful than an "événement affreux".
Figurative: mes vertes années my green (fruitful) yearsLiteral: des légumes verts green vegetablesFigurative: un grand homme a great manLiteral: un homme grand a tall manFigurative: un triste individu a sad (mean or bad) personLiteral: un individu triste a sad (crying) personFigurative: mon ancienne école my old (former) schoolLiteral: mon école ancienne my old (aged) schoolFigurative: un certain regard a certain (type of) lookLiteral: une victoire certaine a certain (assured) victory
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