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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Adjective to describe the quality of liking to teach and/or having a talent for teaching?

I'm looking for a concise way to express the quality of enjoying or preferring to impart knowledge to other individuals. In a way, the counterpart to a person who is teachable or takes instruction ...
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a grammar question : to be in adjective clause [closed]

Please explain the grammar of this sentence: She was the first woman to be nominated for the national prize. Why do we use "to be" here? And is it necessary?
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“Lowest” vs. “lowermost”

Is there any difference between the words lowest and lowermost? When should I use either of them? Possibly lowermost should never be used?
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Though we use adjectives before nouns normally, why are some words exceptions like 'something'? Why do we use the adjectives after them? [duplicate]

For example: something , everything, anything, nothing ... special someone , everyone , anyone,, no one ... special somebody , everybody , anybody , nobody ...special
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The same as +object or possessive pronoun

Tony has the same book as I do (He now has my very book). Tony has the same book as mine (His book is a copy of my book,it has the same title,written by the same writer). Tony's car is the same as ...
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Ambiguous sentences

Consider the following two examples: I’ve heard more vicious rumors. I’ve heard less vicious rumors. Which of these examples, if any, can be considered ambiguous in interpretation?
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Word for feeling for movie characters

I watch many movies these days, and I often feel happy when the main character gets what they want in the end or sad otherwise. Is there an adjective to describe this? It appears to me that vicarious ...
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Adding an additional adjective to the attributive noun [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I'm having problems with the heading. The heading consists of a noun and an attributive noun: "Text analysis". The analysing method is called prosody: "Prosodic ...
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How to describe someone with an adjective? [closed]

I want to say that 'If I should give you an adjective that would be '. Although I am not sure if this is correct or if there is any better way to say that?
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unpolite or impolite [duplicate]

can one say "unpolite"? As in the following sentence: "it's hard for me to be unpolite." I was in class today and my teacher asked me to give him an example of an infinite sentence and that came out ...
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What is the proper suffix to change bildungsroman into an adjective? [closed]

In this case I am wondering what suffix would be the best use for bildungsroman when trying to characterize a memoir.
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Is there a list of present/past participles that can't be used as adjectives? [closed]

Some present and past participles can be used as adjectives: a howling dog, a sleeping baby, aged cheese, etc. I'm having trouble coming up with more words that can't be used as adjectives (all I ...
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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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Adjective for someone who knows their limits

I am looking for adjectives for describing a person who knows their limits, what they are capable of and what not, knows their weak and strong points. Usage example: When you are going through a new ...
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Could the word “stringent” ever be used to describe a person? [closed]

Last night a person in our group was describing another fellow as stringent. I told him I had never heard a person described with this word and instead stern or exacting might be better. I Also said ...
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“ Be alone ” vs “be lonely ” [closed]

I am alone. I am lonely. Do they have the same meaning? What is the difference between alone and lonely?
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What do you call a person with 'polar' views or preferences

Emotionally judging things as being 'good' or 'bad'. Not in the moral sense, rather as inducing either a strongly positive or negative emotional response. It's not 'narrow-minded' or 'prejudiced' or ...
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You say something but you don't really mean it: an adjdctive to describe that offer or a phrase

What adjective do you use to describe something that you say, but you do not really mean it. For example when you make an offer to someone, but you don't really mean it and kind of hope they say no! ...
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What is it called when using 'you' in place of anyone or yourself in example? [closed]

What is the adjective (or phrase) describing the use of 'you' in place of anyone, everyone, or yourself in passing? Such as the following - ...and you wouldn't dare to eat the last cookie, ...
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Is there a word for words that imitate a feeling or mood? [closed]

Something like an onomatopoeia for sensations other than auditive?
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Participating x participative [closed]

Is it possible to say that a person is 'participating'? E.g.: John is a participating student. Instead of: John is a participative student.
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Adjective for 'being able to use magic' or 'being able to cast spells'

Playing a German pen & paper RPG I noticed that they are using an adjective 'zaubermächtig' for which I could not find an appropriate English equivalent. The best I could come up with is being ...
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Is there an adjective meaning “punished unfairly”? [closed]

I am not looking for innocent. Innocent describes that they are not the one who did it, rather I am looking for how they are innocent, but punished for it.
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Is there an adjective meaning a wide trajectory? [closed]

I need an adjective that tells that the trajectory of a projectile (in this case, a snowball) was wider than higher and fills in this blank: "The _____ snowball hit the wall the other team made to ...
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be confused the use between adjective and adverb when it is in front of adjective [duplicate]

How to use adjective and adverb correctly without being confusing. In this case because when I translate this sentence from my mother language to English, it fairly seem to be the same. Please help ...
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What expression describes a person who knowlingly invests in a scam? [closed]

What word or phrase describes a person who invests in an enterprise that he knows is a scam or Ponzi scheme? Can the word or phrase refer to a person who votes for a politician who repeatedly tells ...
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Word for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position?

Is there a word or phrase for academic fields that are aligned with a political movement or position? For example: Feminist studies is aligned with feminism. African American studies is closely ...
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Is there a word to describe the direction in which the sun's main rays come from?

In the northern hemisphere, houses are aligned so that windows face the south. In the southern hemisphere, houses are aligned with windows to the north. So, for example, we have this building ...
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Can one form an adverb from any adjective?

I'm trying to form the following sentence: ...we can talk more substantiatively in the event that X occurs. The term "substantiatively" isn't in either the computer dictionary or online at ...
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something full of/ a full something of

Can somebody explain the difference here and give some more appropriate examples on the construction? I sense there IS something, but I can't get to it individually. a bowl full of mush a full bowl ...
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What is wrong with the expression 'most perfect', and the adjective-forms 'rounder' and 'squarer'?

Here is an excerpt from the textbook High School English Grammar & Composition, by Wren & Martin (2005 edition by S. Chand, New Delhi): Certain adjectives do not really admit of comparison ...
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An adjective for shopping

If culinary is a word related to cooking or food, like a 'culinary experience', what would be a similar word for shopping?
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Whence come “Alaskan” and “Hawaiian” as adjectives?

Ross Douthat, writing in the New York Times, refers to "Rubio’s lonely Minnesotan triumph." This just sounds wrong to me. Is "Minnesotan" ever used as an adjective? Garrison Keillor frequently invokes ...
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Word for “full of content” [closed]

Suppose I want to say that the document is full of content(text, images etc) what do I say? Is contentious the right word?
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Why do adjectives such as; ‘proud’, ‘aware’, ‘capable’, and ‘afraid’ collocate with the preposition 'OF'? [closed]

The preposition of is used in all the following: be proud of; be aware of; be afraid of; be fond of; be capable of; be jealous of; be envious of, etc. I know it might sound ridiculous, but I have ...
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What is a word/phrase to describe someone who thinks someone else is perfect? [closed]

What is a word/phrase to describe someone who thinks someone else is perfect? For instance, if parents think that their child can do no wrong, then they are . . .? (Not necessarily biased or partial, ...
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Latitude is to longitude as lateral is to

Suppose we have a laser emitting a beam in the general direction of a target. Let P be the point nearest to the target, along the beam. "Range" is a word commonly used for the distance to an object. ...
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adjective or adverb before ing-form?

Let's consider the example sentence Alice's trying to frame him had left Bob wary of anything she might do or say in his presence. If I now wanted to express that Alice allegedly tried to frame ...
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Words or phrases to describe how street beggars typically look?

I'm writing a scene in which I wish to describe a typical street beggar - his way of dressing in particular. Check for example such a dude as the one below I could use descriptions such as: ...
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Is “tennis” an adjective in “tennis coach”? [duplicate]

Is "tennis" an adjective in "tennis coach"? My english teacher thinks so, but using my native language as a reference it doesn't seem right to me...
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Word for a male with a nice body? [closed]

What is a common adjective to describe a guy with a nice physique?
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Adjective for 'having ID'

I am a software developer. I would like to use an adjective to name a set of items where each item has its own unique identifier (ID). The name should not necessary stress that the items are unique, ...
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Turn out “good” vs turn out “well”

Should one say: "turn out good" or "turn out well" I have always preferred the latter, but found the form "turn out good" in the book by Raymond Murphy: "English Grammar in use".
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Using parentheses with possessive pronoun

The following statements makes sense It is impossible to doubt that you exist. It is impossible to doubt that your mind exists. However, if I were to add parentheses to the first statement ...
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How to emphasize being complimented professionally? [closed]

I would like to say something along the lines that I am honored to accept... (job, award, etc) but without using the term honored as I find it more dramatic sounding (purely my subjective sentiment ...
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Adverbs describing Adverbs

We have a similar question here, but I think my examples are a bit different and I would love to understand how this is done correctly. Let's say we are talking about significantly higher ...
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Noun corresponding to good

Red describes the color of something. Good describes the _____ of something. What's the most general word that could fit the blank (if there is one)? Some options I've considered: Goodness (I don't ...
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one following the other

is it correct to say "one is following the other", when for example referring to cars or persons, or is bad English and I should say "one is following the other one"? Is there maybe a difference in ...
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Why did -ful prevail instead of -full for adjectives?

A lot of adjectives in English are based on a noun + the ending -ful. The opposite adjective is usually constructed with the ending -less According to Wiktionary, both endings -ful and -full existed ...