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 adjective would describe a person that only does righteous things when they have to?

They don't do it because they want to, but only when no one else can or are able to. They only do it because they have to, because they're told to.
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phrase or theory that describes “if he can do it then so can I”

What is the phrase or psychological term that describes someone who gains confidence based off of another's performance? Moreover, they use it as a motivational foundation and it relates to behavioral ...
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semi-business-related?

I'm writing my statement of purpose for grad school application. I would like to express "I came from an academic background that is half business-related", as I majored in E-business. What is the ...
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How to enumerate adjectives without using the same noun? How to give preference to the noun?

I like orange, chocolate, strawberry & banana, kiwi, pineapple and vanilla milkshakes. Imagining there are many more adjectives, in case someone wants to emphasize and give preference to ...
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Correct use of hyphenation with multi-word noun and adjective [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and was wondering how to properly combine the noun "password policy" and the adjective "based". So for "policy", I would write "policy-based", but how about ...
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Can “meticulous” be used to describe inanimate objects?

Can "meticulous" be used to describe a room or some other inanimate object, or is it only descriptive of behavior?
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Is “not actual” in “potential, not actual harm” an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase?

I think this affects comma placement, right? If it's an adjective phrase modifying harm, then I think it would be: "potential, not actual harm" If it's an adverb phrase modifying potential (by ...
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known vs recognizable [closed]

Which of the following answer is correct? Laura was worried. She was not in a ____ area any more. She was lost... a) common b) known c) recognizable d) intimate Thanks!
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Can an adjective be converted into a noun by '-s'?

I saw a passage "this doesn't mean to get riches and honors." 'rich' is an adjective but 'riches' is a plural noun according to the dictionary. Are there any other examples where an adjective becomes ...
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Is there an adjective meaning “that which provides insight” with a negative or neural connotation?

Consider the sentence (1): The Allies reprinted Axis propaganda during WWII, and the Axis reprinted Allied propaganda. There were some exceptions, but clearly they saw [adjective] value in the ...
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Adjective for advice

In my native language, there is an adjective for "advice given without much consideration". To translate it literally in English it would be "void advice" or "dry advice". Meaning, the person giving ...
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An adjective for “in the wrong register”

I'm trying to fix this sentence: There's a lot of poor word and phrase choice that is either redundant, in the wrong register, or flatly ungrammatical. The problem is that the compound ...
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How would you describe the lava in a lava lamp?

I can only think of the word morphing but that is pretty boring and not exactly what I am looking for. I want to talk about the way that they seemingly levitate as it changes and absorbs itself while ...
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Why the adjective “vague” comes after the noun “change”?

In Longman dictionary there is an example for disingenuous which says "Keeping the details of the tax changes vague is disingenuous." the adjective vague precedes the verb is and follows the noun ...
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whatever way that S+V

Is it grammatically wrong to include the relative pronoun of "that" between 'whatever way' and 'you look at it' in the following phrase in BBC News. The citizens of Glasgow lose out whatever way that ...
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How can a pronoun “one” be a noun?

I asked a question some days ago about if an atributive-only adjective can be followed by a pronoun one, for example in this sentence When the Olympics began in 779 B.C. There were not a lot of ...
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the number of boys in the class is fewer than that of girls- correct or not? [duplicate]

The number of boys- countable or uncountable? I'm confused with this sir.
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Can an attributive adjective come before pronouns?

For example, the attributive adjective only and pronoun one: can we say "there is only one"?
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Difference between “difficult” and “hard” [closed]

According to Dictionary.com Difficult difficult [dif-i-kuhlt, -kuh lt] adjective not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed ...
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Euphemism for Poor Performance

I am looking for a euphemism to be used on a student evaluation form that relates to poor/unsatisfactory/unacceptable performance. I do not want to erode the self-esteem of a special needs audience. I ...
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When do we use “overwhelming”? [closed]

This word is rarely used in Russian. I only know that we can say "overwhelming majority". Could you explain the defition of this adjective giving some examples?
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Can we use the word “steady” to describe a person? [closed]

I know it's possible to say steady arms or steady decision. But what about people? I found in the student's book that this word is allowed to use when you describe personalities. Is it true? And ...
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Should nouns used as adjectives be in plural?

In Spanish, we say "Servicio de reservas" and in English we are in doubt about these options: Bookings Service Booking Service Booking Services The problem is that we think that the first one ...
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Why is it “noticeable” and not “noticable”?

Here's something weird. I made a typo today in an essay and got minus points for writing "noticable" rather than "noticeable". I thought you drop the vowel at the end of the verb when you add -able. ...
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Word for the blackness of charred wood, that emphasizes it comes from charring?

What is a word to describe the blackness of charred wood called with a word that emphasizes that it comes from charring? Of course it is technically usually identical to jet-black, but is there a ...
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What is the etymology of the word “basic” as used in current slang? [duplicate]

For those not familiar with the term, it is used mainly by teens and 20-somethings. The definition can be found at Urban Dictionary (look at definitions 1 and 3). Specifically, I am not talking ...
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Innovative vs Innovatory

I came accross the word innovatory today. Few terrorist tactics or targets are ever entirely original, but a combination of different elements can often be innovatory. [The Guardian] I checked ...
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“large field of view” vs “high field of view”

Which one is right between "large field of view" and "high field of view"?
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What adjective would you choose if you want to elevate a workaholic to a higher degree?

I want to refer a hard-working person something far more than referring him a mere "workaholic". What adjective should I choose with "workaholic", if I want to refer him as someone working even harder ...
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adjective-noun-adjective-noun

What is the correct punctuation of something like "constant factor competitive algorithm"? This is a term that frequently appears in computer science articles, and I have seen it written in multiple ...
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Business English: contracted forum?

I would like to know your opinions regarding the use of the term "contracted forum". The context is a long-term project for which steering committee meetings are being conducted. At one time, the ...
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The adjective “close” in a competitive situation

Oxford defines "close" thus: Adj (With reference to a competitive situation) won or likely to be won by only a small amount or distance: "the race will be a close contest" "she finished ...
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Which preposition to use with “unbecoming”?

It is easy when you say something becomes or unbecomes someone. In this case, no preposition is needed. It is another story when the verb turns into the adjective “(un)becoming”. I would like to ...
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How come we say “data set” instead of “datum set”?

Given that "data" is the plural form, and it's playing the role of an adjective here, how come we don't use the singular form? Other kinds of sets, for example "point set", "skill set", "stationery ...
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Why “No smoking” works but “Yes smoking” doesn't?

No smoking is a formula used to indicate smoking is not allowed. Why can't we use Yes smoking to indicate smoking is allowed? (Although, we might use humorously but I've never heard actually.) ...
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What is a word for a mad or insane explanation? Something offered as an explanation that makes no sense at all? [closed]

I am looking for a word that designates something as crazy but does not imply a judgment.
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Word which means that a number has magnitude greater than one?

I am looking for a word which describes a number as having a magnitude greater than one. i.e. numbers such as 1.2, 100, 123456, -4, -1.01 Hopefully it should be usable in a sentence like this one: ...
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Should less be repeated to clarify it applies to a series?

For a sentence like this: That setting results in a less firm and stable surface. Is it clear that less applies to both firm and stable or should it be repeated to avoid ambiguity between the ...
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When may adjectives precede determiners? (E.g. too difficult a task)

The expression too difficult a task sounds a little pompous, but it doesn't sound ungrammatical. According to my folk-beliefs about English grammar, determiners precede adjectives. However, the ...
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Height and Tallness

We use the words "tall" and "high" to mean different things. A dwarf on top of a mountain is high but not tall. A professional basketball player in Death Valley is tall but not high. Note: I am ...
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Organizational term meaning “order appearing in a book” as contrasted to chronological

Is there a word that means "in the order something appears in a book or document" as opposed to chronological meaning "the order something occurs in time." Ignoring the fact that my examples may not ...
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A word to mean escape from a dire situation involving death

When the Sobibór prisoners escaped they were in a dire situation. They could stay in the camp to face certain execution, or revolt. Risking revolt meant they might die, but there would be a slim ...
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What is the adjective for something that evokes claustrophobia?

Something that really bothers me is when people say something like "This place is really claustrophobic", when of course it is them who is claustrophobic, not the place. However, it bothers me more ...
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Adjectives used as adverbs/ verbs used as adjectives/ verbs used as adverbs

First question: I have been reading English: An Essential Grammar by Gerald Nelson and it gives an example of the words 'hard' and 'fast' being used as both adjectives and adverbs: Adverb: John ...
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Two-word adjective to describe a university life that has just started?

For objects you can say things like a brand-new car. For beliefs you can write a new-born Christian. What about periods in life like university life? Example: Emma has every reason to be happy. ...
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Irregular adjectives

Are there any other irregular adjectives except these ?
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Word that describes a clown who weakens an argument by taking a side

When there is more than one side in a debate, an argument can be weakened by someone who is seen as stupid or a joker if they are vocal about it. This invalidates your beliefs because if crazy person ...
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An adjective to describe someone who has a “good personality”? [closed]

I can't think of a word to describe someone with a good personality and who you can't think of a bad word to say about them. Samuel is such a ______ guy. You never hear a bad word said against ...
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Adjective that means “found in groups” but without implying a social behavior?

For example, jellyfish are usually found in groups. However, they are not "social animals", they just end up together because of the current of the sea (or other physical phenomena). What's an ...
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A word whose meaning is very close to dangerous

I am looking for an adjective to write "Anger is a ____ feeling" instead of "Anger can have dangerous consequences". Could you please help out?