For me, ago is most definitely NOT an adjective. A principle requirement for an adjective is that you can say "It is [adjective]." as a grammatical sentence. To me it is a postposition. Yes, that probably does make it the only one in the English language. Nothing wrong with that. I believe Maltese also has only one postposition, which it inherited from Arabic. Curiously, the sole postposition in Maltese fulfils exactly teh same grammatical function. Fabian caeruleancentaur wrote: > --- In [log in to unmask], Henrik Theiling <theiling@A...> wrote: > > My apologies for not signing my previous message. I hit the wrong > key! I wanted to add that neither "whole the thing" nor "the all > things" would be allowed in English. > > I can see from the other messages that there is some confusion on the > definition of an adjective. This comes as no surprise since there are > many debatable areas in the field of languages. But for the time > being I will call "ago" an adjective because other postpositional > adjectives do exist in English and to call it a postpostion would mean > that it's the only one in the English language, a situation certainly > not impossible, but to me not really logical.