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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nealy 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(a) as old as any of their supposed
(b) older than any of their supposed
(c) as old as their supposed
(d) older than any of their supposedly
(e) as old as their supposedly

I am confused with adv/adj usage here.

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New post 09 May 2005, 23:59
Oops, B it is, sorry. Supposed modifies predecessor, not Mediterranean.

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In the following SC, OA is E. Here continually is adverb & poor is adjective & hence usage of continually is correct.

After announcing that one of its many problems was the continually poor turnout at sports events, the Stadium Owners… Association announced that it would consolidate ownership and shutter one-third of the member-owned stadiums and thereby would return to profitability.

(A) was the continually poor turnout
(B) has been the continual poor turnout
(C) has been the continually poor turnout
(D) was the continual poor turnout
(E) had been the continually poor turnout

Using the same principle, why is supposedly Mediterranean predecessors not correct?
If I say, supposedly poor cousin, would that be correct.

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But why is D wrong?


you need an Adj. to modify predecessors (Noun), not Adv.

B it is.

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Can I assume: 'supposedly' is modifying 'Mediterranean' ?

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sonaketu wrote:
But why is D wrong?


you need an Adj. to modify predecessors (Noun), not Adv.

B it is.


I agree, but 'Mediterranean' is an adj.
I guess, it should look like, adv(supposedly) adj(Mediterranean) noun(predecessors)
Is Mediterranean predecessors being considered as noun, and if so why?

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sonaketu wrote:
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sonaketu wrote:
But why is D wrong?


you need an Adj. to modify predecessors (Noun), not Adv.

B it is.


I agree, but 'Mediterranean' is an adj.
I guess, it should look like, adv(supposedly) adj(Mediterranean) noun(predecessors)
Is Mediterranean predecessors being considered as noun, and if so why?


suppposedly is not modifying mediterranean.

eg. a big red car. both "big" and "red" are adj modifying car

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sonaketu wrote:

Using the same principle, why is supposedly Mediterranean predecessors not correct?
If I say, supposedly poor cousin, would that be correct.

Please explain.


To elaborate a bit more on your question.... either the phrase "supposedly Mediterranean predecessors" or "supposed Mediterranean predecessors" could be correct in any given sentence -- it depends on what you're saying. It depends on which fact is in doubt, and therefore which fact must be the object of a "suppostion".

"supposedly poor cousin" implies that the person is in fact your cousin, but you aren't sure whether they are really poor. Supposedly is therefore an adverb, modifying poor.

"supposedly Mediterranean predecessors", also has supposedly as an adverb. By analogy, this implies that the thing is definitely a predecessor (that's not at issue), but that it may not be Mediterranean in origin.

But THAT is not what this SC question is about -- it's about an issue of chronology, whether one thing is actually the predecessor or the follower of another thing.

And so what we correctly have here are "supposed predecessors". Since those things are known to be Mediterranean in origin, they are "supposed Mediterranean predecessors".

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Ah, I see the diff & why supposed should be used here. Thanks for the explanation supercat.

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