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Good for you, Ally! I'm glad you asked.

I still don't know, but I am wondering then whether it is just because we are so habituated to the phrase "turn on" and "turn off," and that "cut" is not viewed as a termination of something, but just another verb serving the function of indicating some action with a preposition, as "turn" might be. Or maybe there is the sense of "cut" as a "shift."

Not an explanation, but an attempt. Have a great spring break!

Ms. Holloway April 13, 2009, 2:52pm

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I think that this is a special case because of the color element, which both of the examples have in common.

The meaning of serving coffee black and serving black coffee are ultimately the same; either way, the customer gets a cup of black colored coffee without any additives. However, serving black coffee refers more to the product itself, whereas serving coffee black indicates that there was the potential to alter the process of serving it by adding something else to it.

Then again, there is not so much wrong with putting an adjective after the noun. You can "put something right" (verb, noun, adjective) and "make a child good" (verb, noun, adjective).

Black acts like an adverb but remains an adjective, in my opinion.

I'm no pro, just my two cents.

Emily June 24, 2006, 10:19pm

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