Adjectives are words, or phrases naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it.

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Is “People exercising everyday are healthy” wrong?

Can a present participle be used like present progressive adjectives to talk about general nouns? Is this sentence right? People exercising everyday are healthy. or do I need to use ...
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Adjectives that describe the language used in a literary text

In order to analyse a poem, I often need to comment on the diction used. So far, I've been using words, such as colloquial, everyday,simple. Could you provide some adjectives that describe the ...
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An adjective for the condition of a used brush

What adjective best describes the weariness and disarrangement that starts to show in your toothbrush when you've used it for some time? Nothing severe; just a little out of shape: It doesn't have ...
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usage of “nasty”

I want to describe a little girl who behaves bad. she breaks everything, scares poor animals and can even make an ogre cry. Can I use the term 'nasty' when speak about her? About a child? (She is a ...
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How do I choose between a noun and a participle when picking one to use as an adjective?

I know that I can use both a noun and a particle as an adjective but what do I have to ask myself when choosing between them? For instance: Talking points, talk points Information ...
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Leaving his routine of wives and children [closed]

Please I plead with you answer this question because it is my homework
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Degrees of comparison [duplicate]

I believe, both variants are possible: friendlier / more friendly; and the friendliest / the most friendly. I'd like to know what is used in every day speech more often and which is more formal. ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [on hold]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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Can [adjective] [noun] ever describe a broader set than [noun]?

In phrases of the form [adjective] [noun], the adjective is often being used to narrow the set described by the noun alone. For example, "red cars" narrows the set of cars to only include ones that ...
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Live curious or live curiously? [closed]

Why does national geographic use "live curious" instead of "live curiously"? I suppose we should use adverbs to describe verbs.
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Unknown addiction [closed]

If I am addicted to something, but I do not know what I am addicted to, is there such a word to describe that? Is it appropriate to use "unknown" addiction, since I am not aware of it? Is there ...
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hungry is to starving as thirsty is to? [closed]

When someone is very hungry we say he is starving. How to describe someone who is very thirsty?
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Can something be more unique than something else? Can something be very unique? [duplicate]

Family debate - one says that uniqueness is relative, others say something either is or is not unique. Does uniqueness mean that there is only one of a certain thing/person, so that it would mean more ...
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Is “not very” considered polite? [closed]

I've heard that if you want to describe something in a negative way but polity, use "not very" + "negative" adj. For example, describing a bad thing would be: This is not very good. Or talking ...
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An adjective which means “the father of a bride gives her away”?

What adjective could I use to describe the typical ‘Western’ wedding custom, whereby the father of the bride gives his daughter away? I need an adjective that describes this tradition, in order to ...
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Use of the adjective “young” in the comparative form

Is correct to use the adjective "young" for objects? For example, in a sentence like this: "This painting is younger than that one.", I think it would be better to use "new" for "painting", but then, ...
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Adjective meaning “community environment”

I'm trying to say something along the lines of: "Community environment factors include..." I do know that "community environment" is a noun and not an adjective, but I'm stumped for any other ...
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Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun?

Can I use a comparative adjective as a noun, as in the following sentence: "The older told him to stop." Or do I have to use "one", as in: "The older one told him to stop." Thanks in advance!
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Repeat Adverb in a list or is one time enough?

[1] ...., which is less efficient and secure against ... [2] ...., which is less efficient and less secure against ... Is it necessary to mention "less" two times as shown in version [2] or is ...
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“watch more realistic 3D scenes” & hyphen

Problem: "viewers can watch more realistic 3D scenes and interact..." Do I need to hyphenate "more realistic" here? I think I do, as the compound modifier "more realistic" is modifying "3D ...
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Word to describe something which exists both in the mortal world and the afterlife?

I'm trying to find an adjective to describe something - a thing, concept or idea - that transcends the empiric "mortal" world and exists in the afterlife. Specifically, the word should describe the ...
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Someone is a … user of a something, to say he is using it daily or a lot?

Is it correct to refer to someone who is using something a lot, by 'a big user of ...'. I'm talking here specially about software usage. Is there an accurate word ?
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culturally accepted adjectival antonym of 'non sequitur' [closed]

If one were to coin the adjective 'sequitur' as an antonym of 'non sequitur', would this be generally understood in English? 'Sequitur' is currently an accepted English noun meaning 'conclusion.' ...
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What can come after a Possessive Adjective?

This sentence: "Today's my breakfast" means: "Today is my breakfast" But if it is written like: "My today's breakfast" it would mean: "The breakfast I eat today" (literal). "Today" then acts ...
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Can I say “I am glad hearing from you” or it is wrong? [closed]

I am glad hearing from you. Is it correct? And does it have a real meaning or it doesn't?
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Can adjectives get plural s?

Are the following sentences correct grammatically? 1- The war had two hundred woundeds. (And not wounded soldiers) 2- There are two modals in that sentence. (And not modal verbs) That is, can we ...
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I'd like to know if this is a grammatically correct sentence. “I determined to go back to college.”

I know that I can say, I was determined to go back to college., And also that I can use a synonym, but I'd like to know if the above is correct and why/why not. I feel like one is an intent and one a ...
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Adjective for serving as an example, validity of exemplative

I want an adjective that describes a noun as something that serves as an example of something. I viewed this ESE discussion but I feel that exemplary doesn't suffice, because it implies bias ...
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When to use obsolete or redundant when referring to something that is no longer required?

I was sending a message to one of our developers internally referring to an element on a page querying whether it was needed or would be used but I paused when I realised that I wasn't entirely sure ...
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Which adjective is better to describe 'weather' and 'climate' that they are neither cold nor hot?

There are some adjectives which are used to describe weather, such as hot, cold, wet, dry, fine, nice, etc. I think we can use 'mild' (relatively warm for winter or cool for summer). Or we can use ...
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Adjective meaning “like someone else?”

Example in this case: "experiencing _____ speech" More specifically: "She shouted with a deep voice, a voice not her own."
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Describe an arm without a forearm

Usually an arm looks like this: Shoulder -- upper arm -- elbow -- forearm -- wrist -- hand. But suppose, because of either chemical poisoning or radiation in utero, Kevin was born without a left ...
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English word for so consumed in thought you fail to hear [closed]

For example, someone is going to the mall, and he's so set on getting to the mall that when you call him he does not hear you.
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Is an adjective/noun adjunct carried by reference with the word “another”

I am looking for the best interpretation of the phrase: ... if one structured property contains another, only one of them can be repeated. Which is central to a StackOverflow question. In ...
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Proper adjective for “used” ticket

What's the proper English adjective for: A one-time ticket (for entrance somewhere, to use some sort of transport to travel somewhere, etc) that's been properly used once and thus no longer valid to ...
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Is it acceptable to modify “bonus” with “positive”

Before I jump to my question, a short note about cloze tests from Wikipedia A cloze test (also cloze deletion test) is an exercise, test, or assessment consisting of a portion of text with certain ...
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Nouns to adjectives: “-ous” vs. “-ful”

When turning nouns to adjectives, what is the rule for using the suffixes -ous or -ful? Why do pain/harm became painful/harmful and not painous or harmous? Why do glory/nerve become glorious/nervous ...
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Adjective for something coming in from all directions and corners

Adjective for something coming in from all directions and corners. [adjective] influx of people. [adjective] pressure overwhelmed him.
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Adjective of “testosterone”

Is there an adjective form for the noun testosterone? A word to fill the blanks in: All of the team’s members are muscly men. It’s a ______ team. I’d rather not have a phrase if I can help it. ...
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Word to describe the state of something being external or internal

I'm looking for a word that refers to the state of being external or internal as a noun. Something like "ternality" or "ternalness" if those were words. Example: "The 'ternality' of the door was ...
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What is worse than “mediocre”?

What is worse than mediocre? Is it bad, or is there a level between mediocre and being pure bad? Is mediocre slightly better than bad, and bad better than pathetic? I want to use this in my prose ...
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Is there an adjectival form for “story” or a similar word? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective that alludes to something having a rich story or meaningful tale. The closest word I can think of is "plotful," but it doesn't completely satisfy the context.
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Why is it “to take someone seriously” and not “to take someone serious”?

Obviously the difference between these two sentences is that one is using an adverb while the other one is using an adjective. The reason why I think that an adjective should be used, is that the ...
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How to define True/False nature of something in one word

I am creating a program but facing problem with proper language for comment string in program. My program performs some operation. This operation typically always generates some data. (meaningful ...
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Synonyms for “untilted”

In a physical/technical context, I (being not a native speaker) am looking for an adjective that describes the absence of tilt and found “untilted”, which seems however not widely used. More ...
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Adjectives with -ed or -ing

A growing number of languages are on the verge of becoming ... endangered endangering I know that when we discuss personal feelings we should use -ed. -ing is used when we talk about things that ...
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How to refer to someone who works at a hotel?

I understand that a hotelier is "someone who owns or manages a hotel" (reference), much like a hotelkeeper (reference). However, these functions (owning and managing) are far too specific, the same ...
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Knowledge Triumphant or Triumphant Knowledge?

Franz Rosenthal has a philological monograph on the historical meaning and usages of the term 'ilm in Islam. It's called Knowledge Triumphant (1970). Now I don't understand if this is the the correct ...
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A person who begs for help but doesn't return the favor [duplicate]

I play a game and need a word for the following situation. What do you call a person who asks, and begs multiple times daily and impatiently for items (gear, weapons, weapon upgrades, runs through ...
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Can the word “bully” be used as an “adjective”?

I want to write the sentence: Bill helped him when he needed to overthrow the current leader, who is a bully. Is there anyway to make that sentence flow better? For example, can I somehow use ...