Prepositional phrases are by far the most common postmodifiers: ….documets in his ossession…
There are a few adjectives which are usually or always used after a noun:
- The adjectives galore, incarnate and manqué are only used immediately after a noun: flowers/ presents galore;
- Some adjectives are used in fixed phrases, in several institutionalized expressions: the President elect, the Prime Minister designate.
- The adjectives broad, deep, high, long, old, tall, thick and wide are used immediately after measurement nouns when giving the size, duration, or age of a thing or personal.
……six feet tall…
- Some adjectives can be used before and after nouns, but a change in position involves a change in meating:
the present circumstance (now)
the people present (who are here)
- Adjectives ending in –able and –ible come after noun that they are with, especially when the noun is modified by another adjective in the superlative degree.
……the best tickets available…
- Adjectives come after something, everything, anything, nothing, somebody, anywhere and similar words:
….Have you read anything interesting today?...
- When an adjective has its own complement (skilled at design) the whole expression normally comes after the noun:
…..We are looking for people skilled at design (a relative clause is often more natural: We are looking for people who are skilled at design)
In some cases an adjective can be put before a noun and its complement after it. This is possible with different, similar; next, last,fitst; difficult, impossible; comparatives and superlatives; the same; enough. ….a difficult problem too solve