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notre invité Anthony Lacoudre, [....], expose l’étonnante influence de la langue française sur la langue anglaise au cours des siècles.
Putting this into google translate gives:
our guest Anthony Lacoudre exhibits the astonishing influence of the French language on the English language over the centuries.
I was surprised that the quote had "l’étonnante influence" instead of "l'influence étonnante", because most adjectives come after the noun, although I know that some adjectives can come before the noun as well as after the noun (and when these adjectives come before the noun, they have a more figurative meaning).
I wanted to know what "étonnante" meant when it comes before the noun. I put it into linguee.fr, and the results don't seem to indicate that étonnante is even able to come before the noun, much less what it means when it does! It does give some example sentence fragments of "étonnante", but each of those fragments has "étonnante" appear after the noun.
1. How can I find out what an adjective means when it comes before the noun, using reference resources on the Web?
Edit: My question is different from this "possible duplicate question" question.
My question wants to know, if I see an adjective before the noun, what is its meaning (as opposed to the meaning it takes when it comes after the noun), and also my question wants to know internet resources / research skills I can use to find this information out myself, no matter what adjective I come across.
The linked "possible duplicate question", instead, is asking "how do I know whether an adjective comes before the noun, or after?". The responses in English suggest that certain adjectives (e.g. the BANGS adjectives) typically come before the noun, but they don't seem to acknowledge that some adjectives can appear both before the noun and after the noun.