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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When to use “most” or “the most”

I came across with this sentence and it cast me doubt the usage of "most" and "the most" The sentence states: "But what I remembered most is moving a lot" Would it change the meaning of the ...
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Should a noun come before or after someone's name?

How can I use a noun as an adjective before a name? Would it be Publisher Jack or Jack Publisher?
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“His dishonesty” vs “His being dishonest”

My question is - which of the two phrases above sound better/worse? His dishonesty OR His being dishonest Actually, the question is not only about this particular noun/adjective pair, but ...
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Is vine-covered an adjective? [on hold]

I'm having a problem understanding an adjective I found in a grammar book. The sentence is: After an enormous Sunday dinner, the old farmer walked slowly to the vine-covered porch and eased into the ...
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Is there a way to contrast the words small/little and big to describe someone/something?

folks! How are you? :) Well, here's my question: Is there a way to contrast the words small/little and big to describe the same person/thing? I found a thread in which I think the question was not ...
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Simplicity is elegance? or elegant?

As the title asks, which is grammatically correct? Simplicity is elegance? Or simplicity is elegant? If both are correct,in which cases they are correct?
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Binding of adjectives to two consequtive nouns

Lets say I have a phrase a valid geometry pointer (which might be a little technical but the focus is on adjectives and nouns). How does the word valid bind to geometry pointer? Does it mean a (valid ...
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a word which means extremely ignorant

Is there an adjective which means "extremely ignorant"? For instance, in Turkish "cahil" means "ignorant" and "zircahil" means "extremely ignorant".
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What's an adjective for “pertaining to donkeys”?

Horse is to Equine as Donkey is to ...?
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What is the adjective counterpart for the word correspond? Is it “correspondial”, as in “Our relationship is only corresponial for now.”

What is the participial adjective for the word "correspond"? Is it "correspondial", as in "Our relationship is only corresponial for now."
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Is there one word for higher “quality” and “volume”?

I am not sure if such a word exists, but I figured it good to ask anyway: I'm looking for a single word to describe something that has both better quality, and also higher quantities or volume of ...
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English equivalent to “grandecito” in Spanish?

What is the equivalent to "Grandecito" in English? At first it seems redundant because in English you cannot say, "big-small" or "small-big". I have heard, "its biggie". I also have heard, "biggish", ...
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What is the difference between “of importance” and “important”?

I want to know the difference in meaning between "of importance" and "important" as in " It is of importance to me." and " It is important to me." please, give me the answer..
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Adjective for something that is medium-lived

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe something that is somewhere between ephemeral, transient or temporary and persistent, permanent or continual in length of time. That is, I ...
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“formerly active member” vs “former active member”

Which of the following is correct? "formerly active member" "former active member"
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Adverb or adjective when used to describe an infinitive?

"To play basketball" is an infinitive phrase. An infinitive phrase is generally used as a noun. Is the word "professionally" as in "To play basketball professionally..." an adjective or an adverb? Is ...
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It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [closed]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
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Changing “I didn't think him to be so honest” into an expression of comparative degree

I didn't think him to be so honest. How can we change this sentence into one of comparative degree without changing its meaning or sense?
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Adjective meaning “of the genitals”? [closed]

Is there a word that means "of the genitals" or something similar? Example usage would be something like: "the genitalic tissue." Thanks!
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Is there a word describes a person who always buy what's new?

I mean Is there a word that describes a person who follows the latest stuff. For example, someone who waits desperately for iPhone 6 to come out so he can be the first person who has it among his ...
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What adjective would subtly state that an argument is cheap, weak or insignificant?

I am writing to director operations of my company and want to state his secretary’s argument did not have a lot of weight. It, to us (a team of auditors), was insignificant. I am looking for an ...
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Her complexion was 'beautiful'?

I'm looking for an adjective which describes a complexion. I understand that the term complexion is primarily used to describe the color of someone's skin. However, I'm looking for a word which says ...
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Word for the person who only plans

What is the word for the person who only plans for something? Or the person only starts something and then forgets it or does not complete it.
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A word for “always looking for self-improvement”?

Is there a word which describes a person that is always looking for self-improvement (i.e. is aiming for perfection, never satisfied and is always looking for areas of improvement)? Thank you.
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new difficult question or difficult new question? [duplicate]

I want to know which one is correct ? "New" is age and "Difficult" is observation so it should be difficult new question but I think it's not ! why?
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Is there an adjective that can be used for “increased storage capacity”

If something becomes faster, we say this is an improvement in speed. If something becomes lighter, we say this is an improvement in weight (assuming that a low weight is desirable). If something ...
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Is there a word for a person who is not rich, but nevertheless acts as if he's wealthy in front of strangers?

My neighbor is just like that person, so, I think to write a poem on him and desire to break his self-forgetfulness by narrating his pride to him!
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Is there a word for an object which is utility based but beautiful?

Perhaps this is a bit too unspecific but, is there an adjective which describes something built for a mechanical or technical purpose rather than for beauty, yet has a pleasant aesthetic appearance ...
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Indefinite articles used with plural nouns: It was AN amazing TWO DAYS

The indefinite article a(n), derives from the old English word an meaning "one". Generally this word only occurs in determiner function before noun phrases which are singular. However, there seem to ...
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't back down? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a character in an essay I'm writing. I need a word for someone who doesn't back down, something like "brave" but not quite, more like "courageous". This person is ...
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What is the adjectival form of “Plato”? [closed]

What is the adjectival form of Plato? "Platonistic"? For example, in the following sentence: He made the Platonistic statement that there are truths, but there is also the Truth. Or is it ...
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OK to use “capstone” as an adjective?

The term "capstone project" is common. Google tells me there's also something called "Capstone Classroom." The dictionary -- whatever dictionary you might look in -- says "capstone" is only ever a ...
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How to use hyphen to form new adjectives?

Writing a chemistry paper I need to form an adjective for the following concept: TiO2 rich in oxygen vacancies. Is this the proper formation for an adjective intended to mean that?: ...
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What's the difference between these two sentences?

Health facilities reported 1000 people killed and 3000 wounded since March 19. Health facilities reported that 1000 people were killed and 3000 were wounded since March 19. Isn't 'killed' ...
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A word to describe the opposite of distant people?

What's an accurate adjective or word to describe people who are not necessarily friendly, approachable or agreeable, but they come across as very genuine, cheerful and energetic, and that even though ...
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What is the difference between 'Aggressive' and 'Agressiveness'? They are both adjectives in the dictionary [closed]

'Aggressive' and 'Aggressiveness' are both listed as adjectives in the dictionary, which in my mind implies that they have the same linguistic function (is this a correct assumption?). However, I ...
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Is there a single word to denote “arguments on words, word meanings, and their registers”

I often get into arguments with my colleagues on the difference between formal and informal words. Example: He was felicitated on bagging the first prize. I tried to explain to my colleagues ...
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How would we classify the phrase “worn out?”

How would we classify the phrase "worn out?" I know it can belong to the verb figure of speech, but here I'm interested in the usage where it seems to function as an adjective. He put on his worn ...
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Article before “two” with intervening adjective?

Consider the following sentence: (1) The project will include Alice, Bob, and an expected two new hires. This sounds correct to me; it means we are expecting to hire two new people and will put ...
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Word or Phrase that means “a person who disregards their life while rescuing people in danger”

Suppose a person saves the life of others without giving any thought that it could be dangerous, harmful, or life-threatening to himself. He doesn't care that this endeavour might harm, injure, or ...
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Is there a word for a person who's obsessed with lights?

I need to know if there exists a word for a person who's obsessed with lights. The formation lights make etc.
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Do I use a comma between “whimsical” and “clay” in the sentence below? [duplicate]

Billy did a wonderful job creating his whimsical[,] clay fish dish.
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When to use addicting vs. addictive?

We're having a debate in the kitchen about this. When would I use addicting vs addictive?
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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Is `bonny' neutral register?

Dictionary definitions of `bonny' admit to chiefly British (or even Scots), but give no further hint of the possible tinges of this word. Bonny (adj.) means attractive, fair; fine, excellent [M-W]. ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who feels the desire to run away from situations?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a person in this way. E.g. "I'm feeling very ____ today"
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What's a word that describes acting coldly to hide the fact that you are hurt?

Someone who acts cold and impassive to mask the fact that they are actually hurt. I've been trying to come up with the word for hours, but came up with nothing.
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What's the origin/etymology of the phrase “regular old”? Does it have a clearly defined meaning?

It seems to me that the adjective phrase "regular old" seems to have a few distinct usages, but a confusing conversation and some fruitless searches as to a specific definition have me coming to ...
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Word for someone with the ability to change appearances

What's a word for someone having the ability to change their own or someone else's appearance? I've heard witch, pythoness, shapeshifter and siren, but any other words I'm missing?