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 can an adjective phrase be a sentence predicate?

It was suggested that A man is stood by the car is non standard. I'm aware that it looks confusing or clumsy. But can't 'stood by the car' be an adjectival phrase describing the man?
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Adverb or Adjective

What would be correct: Use an adverb to modify another adjective or simply an adjective in the following sentence? The technique generates unnecessary large number of classifiers The ...
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What are good adjectives that mean “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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Can I say “Thank you for your flattering comments” without sounding negative?

My colleague wrote his review on me and mentioned many good things about me. I want to show my appreciation to him, but I'm not sure if I can say "Thank you for your flattering comments" without ...
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What's the adjective for someone who requires too much? [closed]

they require too many things or want people to do too many things even when they are unnecessary
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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What I really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having ...
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Preposition choice adjectives

What's the right sentence ? People were embarrassed OF the result of their team who played badly or People were embarrassed BY the result of their team who played badly ? Thank you so much
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...
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Is there an alternative adjective to 'written' with an -al suffix?

I'm ideally looking for a single word adjective with an -al suffix. i.e. similar to 'verbal', and 'visual' but that relates to written communications rather than spoken or illustrative communications. ...
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Is there a term for a word whose presence achieves the opposite effect to the one intended?

Specifically where the intent is to interest, excite or entice the reader. Such words often come across as 'not-quite superlatives', or create the impression that lawyers have been involved in wording ...
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Adjectives Order [duplicate]

I would like to as about adjectives order. As I understand there is a rule for adjective order in adj adj noun. Here is my understanding: Opinion>Size>Shape>Age>Color>Nationality/Origin>Material>...
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Can't answer a question in arguments [closed]

If two people are debating, and one of them asked the other person a question and he got confused and couldn't answer this question. But he is impressed with this question. Is there any verb ...
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Usage of “more so”

Is there any difference between these two? John and Mike are good people, more so John. John and Mike are good people, especially John. Can I use more so to start sentences? John and Mike are ...
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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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“A little this and that”

When ordering a sandwich today, I said, "Could you give me a little lettuce and onions?" because I wanted small amounts of lettuce and onions. However, when I thought about it later, I wasn't sure if ...
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Adjective for objects (graphs, networks or polygons) having the same number of edges

I am looking for an adjective form to describe similar geometric objects (graphs, networks, polygons) that have "the same number of edges" (for a technical audience, a scientific paper). [EDIT] Based ...
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“Seductive” as an adjective for describing snake

I would really appreciate if some native English speaker help me in clearing my doubt. Recently, in one of Indian English newspaper the column writer wrote the following: "A scary sci-fi scenario. ...
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Is there a one-word adjective for “needs moderation”?

When forum posts get flagged for some of several reasons (offensive, copyright violation, etc) and are waiting for a moderator to look at them, they are [adjective]. I'm not looking for "offensive", ...
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Is there a word that describes an individual who is always clueless when he has to face major challenges?

If a person does not have the ability to reason logically in high pressure situations (and is consequently always clueless), what term can be used to describe such a person? I'm looking for an ...
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Title Hero or titular/eponymous hero?

Jane Eyre is the title of a novel. The hero of the novel is called Jane Eyre. Can you say "Jane Eyre is the title hero of the novel"? I know that titular hero or eponymous hero is correct, however I'm ...
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Hyphenation between participle and preposition before a noun?

When visiting a London hospital, Florence Nightingale was shocked at the dirty and uncared for patients. The above sentence is from an essay. Should we write "uncared-for patients", with a hyphen ...
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Compound adjective or short phrase to describe something that is affected by an issue

I'm looking for a word, compound adjective or very short phrase that could be used to describe something, such as a parcel delivery, that is affected by an issue. What I'm looking for is supposed to ...
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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Who are you romantically jealous of? [no joke]

Who are you romantically jealous of? Say A (f) and B (m) are a couple, but B is way too friendly towards C (f) which makes A jealous. But who is A jealous of? B or C? Or C (f) has a crush on B (m), ...
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Using adjectives with 'All the more' [duplicate]

I'm trying to complete this dialogue but I've encountered a bit of trouble with the usage of 'all the more'. The dialogue is below. Our bond is based on trust. We have no contract. Trust? Then ...
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“Modules not assigned” versus “Not assigned Modules”

I am developing an application, and there has to be a list of available modules, i.e. modules that have not been assigned yet. I am not sure what is the the right way to say it. My options: Not ...
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An adjective for “one who doesn't understand or appreciate the importance of something”

There is an adjective in my mother tongue (Turkish), "kıymet bilmez"... We use it to describe the people who don't understand or appreciate the good things, the good opportunities etc. which they ...
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Is “irresoluteoscillating” a word? Strange result from Thesaurus.com

I did a search on thesaurus.com for the word wavering, and one of the suggested synonyms that was listed was irresoluteoscillating. However, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries did not have ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Use of a participial phrase in titles

I was making an essay about cystic fibrosis and I stumbled upon a problem regarding the title. I was wondering whether the title I made was grammatical. It was "Cytosis Fibrosis: A Hereditary ...
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What do you call a person who does anything to get something?

I need an adjective to describe a person who does anything to get something. Macbeth's character is very ambitious but also ....
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All other and any other difference

Ramayana is more sacred than all other mythologies of Hindus. OR Ramayana is more sacred than any other mythology of Hindus. Which one is correct?
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“The” before adjectives

I'm a bit confused about this. Which example is the right one? From all the fellow writers, who was the best? From all fellow writers, who was the best? Is there a reason why "the" should be used ...
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If “nice” is an adjective, what kind of word is “niceness”?

Say you have the adjective "nice". If something is nice, then it has the quality of niceness. What type of word is "niceness"? Is it still an adjective?
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Does English have an equivalent for pinakalast?

Last from English; final, ultimate, last person to arrive. pinaka- creates superlatives. Though pinakalast can be both comparative and superlative. More final than final Most ultimate
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Adjective phrase/clause to describe the object of the sentence

Am I using the adjective phrase correctly in the following sentence? "I want to be someone like you, smart and beautiful." I know that using the adjective phrase to describe the subject of the ...
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Old or older people

Which is grammatically correct? Old people are often lonely. Or Older people are often lonely. I understand context matters. I just want to know when it is right to use one or the other.
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An adjective to describe the state of being complex yet ineffective

Looking for candidate adjectives to be used for describing an (engineering) method or procedure that is overly complicated and demanding but provides no additional benefit in return. In fact the ...
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Word for a male aged 20 through 25 [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a word that describes a male aged from 20 through 25. Man feels too adult like and Young Adult feels like a teenager. The type of word I'm looking for is someone not yet ...
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“Proceeding” as an adjective [closed]

I thought I've heard it being used as such before, but I cannot seem to find any dictionary (online) that details it as an adjective. E.g. "The proceeding event is dinner. The preceding event was ...
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Hyphenation of words like ‘waterproof’

The Oxford dictionary states that most compound adjectives made from a noun and an adjective should be hyphenated (e.g. ‘accident-prone’, ‘camera-ready’). On the other hand, its entry for the word ‘...
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participle adjectives

I'd like to ask for guidance on where paticipial adjectives should be placed. In the first sentence below, the past participle adjective is before the word that it modifies: 'broken chair.' But in ...
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'I like their another app!' - 'Other' versus 'another'; grammatical usage

I am helping a foreign language partner with English, but she asked me a question that stumped me. If I understand correctly, 'Other' is an adjective. 'Another' is also an adjective. Theoretically, ...
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Can “yet” modify adjective? [closed]

I think it can, but I am not sure. For example: He's the lord in the yet functioning duchy of [duchyName] (I am trying to imply that while the duchy is still present, it may crumble in the ...
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How to differentiate agents that cause harm but may or may not have the intent of doing so?

If I harm someone/something without having the intent to do so, am I being aggressive, hostile, or something else? What if I had the intent? I'm looking for ways to describe and differentiate agents ...
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Word to Describe Exploitation of Elderly

I am looking for a word(s) that describes someone who deceives/takes advantage of an old person to get that old person to name him as his caretaker, POA, successor trustee of his trust, etc. Sample ...
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Adverbs for non-gradable and base adjectives

I'd like to ask which adverbs should we use for non-gradable and base adjectives. For example : environmental When I read my book, it says : Non-gradable adjectives are not used with adverbs ...
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I'm trying to describe a sound i.e. a popping sound which is metallic. How do I phrase such a sound?

The best I could come up with is Metallic Pop which doesn't suit the rest of the writing style at all, which has a bit more imaginative use of adjectives. What other phrase could I use to describe ...