Trying to speak about "logiciel libre"

phil hunt philh at
Wed May 15 23:27:06 UTC 2002

On Wednesday 15 May 2002  7:21 pm, Tomasz Wegrzanowski wrote:
> On Wed, May 15, 2002 at 05:00:47PM +0100, phil hunt wrote:
> > Personally, I think "freedom software" would be a good term, since
> > it loses the ambiguity ...
> .... and gramatical correctness.

On the contrary, "freedom software" *is* grammatically correct, even 
if it is a bit odd-sounding. The grammar-rule in question is something

   noun_expression : modifier noun

   modifier : adjective | noun

IOW, an ordinary noun can be used as a modifier.

You can tell whether a modifier is an adjective by seeing if it can 
be used after "be". Examples:

   "the red car" > "the car is red"
Therefore "red" is an adjective 

   "the image conversion" > *"the conversion is image"

Therefore "image" is a noun

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