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 it correct to say “big kind hands”?

Is the arrangement of adjective correct in the sentence below? The man’s face was in a shade when big kind hands lifted me up and held me. Also, is the sentence easy to understand? (The man with ...
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“eldest” vs. “firstborn”

A family genealogist discovered that his grandparent who was believed to have had six siblings actually had two more who had died very young; one died a few days after birth. The firstborn died at ...
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Adjectival form of “type”?

Is there an adjectival form of the word "type" that means "having to do with types"? The obvious adjectives "typical" and "typic" mean something different (roughly, "characteristic"). Context: In ...
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If 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, 3 is tertiary, what is 0?

As the question states: 1 is primary, 2 is secondary, and so on. Given this pattern, what is 0? I've heard zeronary and nullary but I have no idea which is correct (if either). I've heard zeronary ...
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Adjective meaning “greater than one”

If you want to describe a number that is greater than zero, you would use positive. Is there a similar term for numbers (not necessarily integers) that are greater than one? I.e., this term would be ...
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an adjective meaning a question which can be answered several ways

It's sort of similar to the term open-ended. It's also sort of similar to the word ambiguous.
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time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo

"time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo" In the phrase reproduced above, does it mean that only documents are time-sensitive or does time-sensitive apply to goods, articles and cargo as ...
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what is the best adjective for an uncalm sea? [on hold]

What are the best adjectives describing a chaotic and uncalm sea? I mean, when there are horrifyingly tall waves.
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves? [duplicate]

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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What's a word for someone who does what they say? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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What is the difference between “feudal” and “feudalistic”?

They are both adjectives related to feudalism. But what is the difference between the two in actual usage.
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Why “ruled supreme” instead of “ruled supremely”?

In this sentence: With George, his perfect manservant, and Miss Lemon, his perfect secretary, order and method ruled supreme in his life. Why is ruled followed by supreme instead of by ...
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“It's 20 meters thick” versus “It's a 20-meter-thick layer.”

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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Describe someone who doesn't want anything better to happen to anyone else

I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose ...
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Adjective meaning 'interesting, but not relevant'

I'm looking for a word to describe a podcast I was listening to. The podcast was interesting, but contents weren't relevant to my life or objectives, it was just an interesting story that you might ...
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Can adjectives be placed in front of verbs, e.g. “The duck was busy diving for food”?

The duck was busy diving for food. The duck was busily diving for food. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If the first one is correct, does it mean that adjectives can be placed ...
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Rather ugly guys or guys rather ugly

Do I have to say Rather ugly guys came into the line or Guys rather ugly came into the line? First one sounds fine to me but the second one sounds off to my ear, but I am not really sure.
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Adjective after Verb in “He looks tired” [closed]

How do we call the verb "looks"? Is it stative verb? How do we call the adjective "tired"? Any linguistic term to call it? Is it attributive adjective?
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Fissile equivalent for fusion

If an isotope(such as uranium 235) can support fission, one might say it is fissile. What would you call a material like deuterium can support fusion, what would you call it?
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pattern to predict -ent vs -ant? [duplicate]

Is there any pattern to predict whether to use -ant or -ent, in words such as those below? abundant / attendant / arrogant VS abhorrent / absorbent / dependent I find -ent seems to be more common... ...
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Is there a word for someone who is intellectually mediocre? [duplicate]

I am looking for the noun for a person who is intellectually mediocre. Words like fool, moron, dunce, loser, idiot, etc. are all too negative. They describe a person who is intellectually worse than ...
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Adjective or adverb? [closed]

Which is correct? I want her to grow up confident. I want her to grow up confidently.
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What category of adjectives is this? i.e. adjectives entirely unlike their nouns

Consider the noun "Jupiter", either the Roman god or the giant gaseous planet in our Solar System. The adjective is "jovian", entirely unrelated. Is this a distinct class of adjectives? I suspect ...
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What is the difference between “acquisitional”, “acquisitive”, and “acquisitory”?

I am actually a native speaker, but this one threw me. "Acquisitory" seems to be associated with avarice/greed, possibly specifically for material goods. "Acquisitive" also seems to be related to ...
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Word for “the capacity of habituating to new environment”

I am in search of a word that has the meaning of 'capacity of a person to habituate to a new environment'. I can use adaptability. Like he is more adaptable than others. But 'adaptable' may not ...
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Use of the adjective “ape” to describe similar objects

I recently got a mail from a customer saying that something went wrong on his "ape computer". As a non-native english speaker, I know that the verb "to ape" exists with the meaning of "to mimic". I ...
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Can/Should an adjective and an attributive noun be used to modify the same noun?

I am writing a scientific thesis and wondering about the heading of one of the major parts. The part gives detailed information on experiments (experimental details) that were performed and ...
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An adjective to indicate that there is too much text on a slide

Your slide is too adj What's an adjective to indicate that there are too many words on a slide?
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Is there an adjective to call someone who gets bullied?

I need an adjective to call someone who gets bullied. An adjective for a victim.
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Unaffected vs Uneffected

I have always struggled with this. Consider the following statement: Format string before insert into database else return unaffected string Would I use unaffected or uneffected in this ...
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?
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What is a word for someone who enjoys discussions? [closed]

Someone who enjoys discussions could be described as?
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what is the personality trait for someone that can't think fast, slow learner etc

what is the personality trait for someone that can't think fast, slow learner. Writing down a character is slow sounds ok but is there any other way i could describe my story character
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Word for a gift you get by virtue of your job

I am certain I once read a definition of a word that describes the gift you get only by virtue of your job and not really given to you personally. Like, when the US President gets a rug from the ...
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What is a word for a person who uses resources to the maximum?

Is there a word (or words) for a person who uses all resources to the maximum; for example, a person who keeps on using pencils even if they are very small?
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Can we use “elder to” as a comparative adjective?

As I understand, in comparative form of Adjectives, elder is used of persons, and older is used of both persons or things. One other feature of elder is that it is not used with than. However, it is ...
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Verb and adjective usage

Since adjectives are used to describe nouns, can verbs be used to describe nouns as well? For example: Two men standing with clenched fists are US athletes. Here fist is a noun and to describe ...
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when to use younger than and younger to?

Which one is correct? She is younger than me. Or She is younger to me. My teacher said, some adjectives like ' senior, junior, superior, inferior, major, minor, interior, posterior, younger, elder, ...
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Could you tell me whether it is adjective or verb at a sentence, “The mall is located…”

I am reading a vocab book to learn English. There is a example sentence. That is, "The mall is located his client's long-lost cousin in Mexico." At the sentence, the 'located', I was sure it was ...
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Client compliance, client's compliance or a client's compliance?

I'm working on a job application covering note and I'm really struggling with one particular phrase. Here's the full sentence: "I possess strong analytical and investigative skills as demonstrated by ...
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Why in some sentences noun comes before adjective? [closed]

Why in some sentences noun comes before adjective ? For example robot soccer instead of soccer robot.
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Is the “your” the appropriate “your”?

But then, I think, who could possibly come close to matching the dedication and personal commitment that you have brought to this school, your Alma Mater. You will probably be the last member of the ...
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What is a man that speaks without saying a word called? [closed]

What is a man that speaks without saying a word called? I have searched for words that describe it but couldn't get a word that simply covers it.
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English versus french grammar

Recently, on the internet, I have heard people say that one should conjugate cartain adjectives that are closely related to french. For example, blond for males and blonde for females in the singular ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...