Advance vs. Advanced

How to use "advance" and "advanced" correctly

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Some people are under the impression that only the word advanced (the past participle form of the verb to advance) can be used as an adjective. In fact, the word advance itself can be an adjective when it refers to something ahead of time, though it is generally only used before a noun:

advanced age
advanced technology
Their technology was advanced.

advance party sent to secure the area
advance notice
Awkward: The notice was advance.

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