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8-01-2010 @ 4:24PM
I'm sorry if I'm not right here, but isn't 'preventative' a noun, and you're using it instead of 'preventive', the adjective?Oh, and the Scarab Brooch was a godsend back in the day. Some of our healers used it even in Sunwell Plateau.
8-01-2010 @ 4:35PM
'Preventative' is not a noun, as a noun is an actual person, place, or thing. However, you were close. 'Preventative' is used when describing a noun, whereas 'preventive' is used when referring to a broader idea. In this case, preventative healing is correct, as within WoW, healing is a character role, and therefore a noun.Btw i love commas. >.>
8-01-2010 @ 5:11PM
"Preventative" can be used as both an adjective and a noun. That said, it's a less-common (in American English, at least), but quite old (M-W dates it back to circa 1666, the OED to 1655) variant of "preventive." Michael Quinion, of World Wide Words, notes that the longer version, with its stuttering middle syllables, has drawn complaints since the 1860s, and some style guides argue against it (http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-pre3.htm).I love word origin stories, if you hadn't noticed.
8-01-2010 @ 6:36PM
Just because it's been used since the 1600s doesn't make it correct grammar. :) If "preventative" is the adjective, "preventation" would be its matching noun, which I don't believe anyone says on purpose. The noun is "prevention", so the adjective is "preventive".Just as bad as "irregardless", which doubly negates itself yet people use it anyway. *sigh*
8-01-2010 @ 9:52PM
your right cambro, how longs its been in use doesnt make it proper grammar. It BEING PROPER GRAMMAR is what makes it proper grammar.
8-02-2010 @ 2:42AM
"Preventative" can also be an adverb.As in: Preventative healingIn this case Preventative is describing the present tense verb "Healing".This can become confusing as "healing" can also be used as a noun. IE "He threw out some preventative healing." In this case preventative is an adjective.Oy......Internet English is Weird.
8-02-2010 @ 4:08AM
Actually "preventative" is also a noun - it's a euphemism for "condom".
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