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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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 ...
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What is the difference between a Whiz deletion and using the present participle as an adjective?

The sleeping babies are adorable. and The babies sleeping are adorable. To me, the two sentences are identical in meaning. However, this doesn't seem to be the case in the following ...
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Adjective for someone unable to cope with the past

I'm looking for a word that could describe a character's personality in the sense that he is someone who (re)lives the past too much and is uncapable of overcoming it and moving on with his life. Any ...
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Is there a word to describe an individual who has complete control over his negative and positive emotions?

Let's say examples of negative emotions are sadness and despair, and example of positive emotions are happiness and pride. So is there a word that describes a person who has total, complete control ...
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Aramean vs. Aramaic?

What is the difference in usage between the adjectives Aramean and Aramaic? It seems that we use Aramaic to describe the language and Aramean to describe the people. But which one should we use to ...
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Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be?

Is a deverbal noun with at least two adjectives plural, or can it be? An example sentence (from research regarding medical monitoring of vital signs): Continuous and automated monitoring is... ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who does nice things for others, only to make themselves look or feel good?

I'm looking for a word that can describe a person who does nice things for other people (e.g holding the door open, carrying someone's things) but only for self gain; this person only does nice things ...
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The position of an adjective that modifis two nouns

I suggest you choose a noisy restaurant or a fast food restaurant to study rather than a quiet library. Q1. I want to express "a noisy restaurant or a noisy fast food restaurant." But if I use ...
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much natural or more natural?

so I've heard the expression "it sounds more natural" in many English podcasts but as everyone knows "natural" is an uncountable adjective, therefore "much" should be preceded before the adjective. I ...
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“Applicable to you” or “Applicable for you”

As the question title suggests, which one of the following is correct? I've sent the file, see if it's applicable to you I've sent the file, see if it's applicable for you Intuitively, I feel #1 ...
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In “thin green candle”, can these adjectives be considered cumulative?

I have read that coordinate adjectives can be separated by commas, since both modify the noun, and cumulative adjectives cannot, since the first noun modifies the combination of the last adjective and ...
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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 ...