Singapore, itself __22__ an ethnic Chinese state, has always regarded Taiwan as a province of China.
- LouisLv 76 年前最佳解答
Singapore, itself (which is) predominantly an ethnic Chinese state, has always regarded Taiwan as a province of China.
itself的修飾語（形容詞子句）將which is省略後只剩下「述部修飾語predominantly」和「主詞補語an ethnic Chinese state」
本句也可用同位語的方式來寫：Singapore, an ethnic Chinese state, has always regarded Taiwan a a province of China.
2014-05-29 01:13:10 補充：
We can use "predominantly" to indicate which feature or quality is most noticeable in a situation. For example, although it is predominantly a teenage problem, acne can occur in early childhood. (see "predominantly" in Collins Cobuild English Dictionary p.1293)
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- DaSaGwaLv 76 年前
Poster! I think you shall ask:
Why can I use THREE adjectives (predominant, ethnic, and Chinese) to describe state?
After all, we can have:
a smart cute little girl (3 adjectives to describe "girl")
2014-05-28 06:36:05 補充：
However, master AP gives you the answer for my revised question.
2014-05-28 06:38:58 補充：
Let me explain this a little more in detail:
for the example: a smart cute little girl
All three adjectives describe "girl".
However, for your question:
"ethnic Chinese" describes "state", and "predominantly" describes "ethnic Chinese".
2014-05-28 06:40:44 補充：
It means, you cannot use adjective to describe adjective, but you have to use adverb to describe adjective.
Hence, if you use "predominant", it will describe "state", then it would NOT make sense.
2014-05-28 06:42:17 補充：
because Singapore is NOT a predominant state.
2014-05-28 07:42:09 補充：
Maybe, I shall say:
because Singapore is NOT a predominant state YET.
2014-05-28 07:46:14 補充：
For not losing the focus, it is not because "Singapore is NOT a predominant state YET", it is simply because "what you want to describe!"
- prisoner26535Lv 76 年前
2014-05-28 07:34:39 補充：
> because Singapore is NOT a predominant state.
It is becoming one, at least financially, though.
2014-05-28 07:43:36 補充：
> but you have to use adverb to describe adjective.
Melon needs to remember my YK+ post on:
"Scientists deciphered first termite genome"
2014-05-28 21:55:47 補充：
> "what you want to describe!"
Indeed! The intention of the writer is everything for sure.