In the phrase, "curieuses boîtes", how do you know to place curieuses before the noun.
Freeform Writing Exercise B2
The adjective curieux/curieuse has different meanings depending on its placing.
Before a noun it means odd/strange/intriguing/interesting.
After the noun it means inquisitive and normally refers to people.
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I'm thinking to express "strange boxes" in an abstract sense, rather than a descriptive sense (after the noun).
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Is there a COMPLETE list of adjectives that have this dual personality? My large Collins has such a list but 'curious' is not in it. Placement of 'curious' before the noun is hinted at in the word's definition, but it is not really clear. This seems to be a deep, dark secret of the language!
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