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I'm studying for level N2 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test and have a question about 限り.

I find in my book that 限り meaning "as long as" can be preceded by adjectives, but in A Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar they say you can´t use adjectives before 限り. From page 84:

Adjectives cannot precede kagiri.

  1. *面白い限り続けるつもりだ。 (Acceptable form: 面白いうちは……)
    (As long as I find it interesting, I will continue to do it.)

  2. *上手な限り誰でもいいです。 (Acceptable form: 上手​{だったら/であれば/なら}……)
    (As long as the person is good at it, it doesn't matter who does it.)

Can anyone explain to me if I can use adjectives with 限り?

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"Can you use adjectives with 限り?" >> Yes, you can use adjectives with 限り meaning "I feel so [happy, sad, etc.]". "Can you use adjective with 限り meaning "as long as"?" >> No, you cannot. –  Choko Mar 9 at 14:13
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「I find in my book that 限り meaning "as long as" can be preceded by adjectives」>> ほんとに?その本おかしくない?? –  Choko Mar 9 at 14:20
    
Thank you Snailplane, for editing my question. And to you Chocolate, for answering. The book I´m using and where I found that I could use adjectives before 限り is N2 "Nihongo so-matome" (page 34) specifically written to pass N2 exam... –  sandra Mar 9 at 15:37
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I also found 元気な限り, 健康な限り. So maybe 形容動詞 can be used... (or more strictly it should be 元気でい(られ)る限り/健康でい(られ)る限り, maybe??) –  Choko Mar 10 at 8:29
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I'm not a language specialist but an ordinary Japanese. I think 面白い限り続けるつもりだ, 元気な限り, 健康な限り, 元気でい(られ)る限り, 健康でい(られ)る限り are all natural. But I think 上手な限り誰でもいいです is a little awkward, and 上手​であれば誰でもいいです is more natural (an often heard expression). –  noel_lapin Apr 6 at 8:36

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