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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verb or adjective in “The blue page is *stapled* to the red page”?

Consider the following sentence. The blue page is stapled to the red page. Although "stapled" is (apparently) past-tense, nonetheless the above sentence is clearly expressing something about the ...
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What's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?

I am looking for a word to describe projects, work that is insignificant? I can't remember that. It has to be just a word that describes "work that is a waste of effort".
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Comparative or superlative to describe a quality of a member of a set of two things?

For example, 'he's the bigger of the two guards' or 'he's the biggest of the two guards'? The comparative indicates that something is bigger/more difficult than another member. If there's only two ...
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I want to know the difference between “you are false” and “you are wrong” [closed]

What is the difference between false and wrong? Is there any difference in meaning?
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What is the word meaning “going on and on for miles and miles”?

Edit: I was walking down an intolerably long sidewalk one day, and every time a mounted another hill, I saw more of it seeming to stretch out before me. It got me to thinking: is there a word for ...
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The target is narrow/ limited / tight?

If I would like to describe a target of a very small group of people, like age 14 to 16 , girls, should I say the target is narrow / limited / tight or any other adjectives? Which one sounds better? ...
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Is there a way to express “knowing just enough to be dangerous” succintly?

Every sector has them: the employee who has had very little formal training about a certain program, device or concept, but has done research into it himself and figured out just enough to have a ...
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“Beautiful” or “beautifully” [closed]

Should I say You look beautifully today or You look beautiful today? In my opinion, the first form is correct because beautifully describes the verb and not the noun. Thus, I should use the beautiful ...
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How to describe an individual who always speaks in a “matter of fact” manner

I have a friend who always speaks in a very matter-of-fact manner. On numerous occasions, he has mentioned how it was "the best BLANK" he has ever had, or "the best BLANK in the city." Everything ...
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Word for things come easily to me so I don't try?

I don't want to say I am lazy, because that's not the closest match. I am not apathetic, because I do care. Does anyone know the word to describe not trying hard because things come easily...?
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Is there a difference between “good” and “well” when they are connected to subject via linking verb? [duplicate]

marked as duplicate by Edwin Ashworth, David M, RyeɃreḁd, Brian Hooper, tchrist This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your ...
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“Hungry” is to “full” as “thirsty” is to what adjective?

In Danish, we do have word for this ("set"), but absolutely nobody uses this...
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Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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Variable that depends on another variable

In a software system, we allow users to define variables. The variables can be related to one another using mathematical formulas (for example, A = B + 1). If a change of value of a variable A ...
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Need a word for "Should not have happened' with a negative context

I'm looking for a word to mean "should not have happened." I'm trying to relate this situation; two paths - one positive, one negative - with the same end result, and the negative path was taken. ...
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“I want [pronoun] [adjective]” vs “I want [pronoun] to be [adjective]”

Take these two sentences. 1.I want him dead. 2.I want him to be dead. What is the differences between two sentences? What does the "to be" mean?
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Is a badly-written book a book [which has been] badly written?

This question is prompted by the earlier question Should I use a hyphen after -ly when modifying a verb in the past participle verb? Please don't close this as a dup unless there's a later answer ...
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hybrid adjectives and how to diagram

This query is a follow-up from another question I asked a few days ago. I am still pondering how to best interpret the following phrase grammatically: "my brother's weapon" Could I categorize it as ...
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Is the sentence “Format complete” wrong?

As a Windows user, I see a message box with the message: "Format complete!" when I have finished to format a drive. According to the dictionary, complete is a verb or a adjective. If it is a verb, ...
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Is it correct to use estimate as an adjective? [closed]

Ex. sentence: theft is costing mini marts an estimate $10 per day <> theft is costing mini marts an estimated $10 per day. Is the first correct? And in its case, are you using estimate as a ...
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Antedecent of “clear” in “lower ball onto wood blocks with the plates clear”

This sentence is taken from valve instructions: Lower ball onto wood blocks with the plates clear, and remove the plates from the ball. What does the word clear refer to? Plates? Can someone ...
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Using “single + superlative” to emphasize

Consider this question: What is the single longest Presidential Campaign run in the United States? Is the word single used here only for emphasis? Are there any sentences where its use ...
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What's the counterpart of the adjective 'pending'

The completion of task A cannot be achieved until task B is completed. I can therefore say that task A is in a group of tasks whose completion is suspended 'pending' the completion of task B. I can ...
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Is “like” used as an adjective by native speakers?

Do native speakers use like as an adjective? Is it a preferred usage?
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single word adjective for 'temperature-related'

As temporal is the adjective which describes things relating to time, is there such a word for temperature? The hyphenated 'temperature-related' works, but it is not a single word. For context, I'm ...
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Is there a word describing someone who is ignorant in the ways of Science?

I am not sure if dogmatic or doctrinaire covers it, but I am looking for a word to describe someone (like a politician) who is willfully unknowing of how the scientific method works and what science ...
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Is the adjectival form “to be concatenated” correct?

I have the following sentence: Fetch the transformations which need to be concatenated. Is the following adjectival form of which need to be concatenated correct? Fetch the to be ...
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What do you call a second try at a test?

At uni you can do the final test of a course twice, what do you call the second test ? Is it a second term ? No that's the second semester isn't it ?
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Why is it called 'passive smoking'?

Oxford dictionary defines passive as accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance. What would we call a non-smoker who resists but still has to inhale ...
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Does changing the position of an adjective, change the meaning of the sentence?

What are the differences in meaning between these sentences? The weather is hot on the island. The weather on the island is hot. On the island, the weather is hot. Do they mean the ...
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We say entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, what is the verb?

For the word entrepreneur and entrepreneurship, I would like to know the corresponding verb, i.e the action of doing entrepreneurship, i.e the verb that should fit in the next sentence : To be a good ...
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What is the correct word to describe something that is like a frustum?

Does such a word exist? I came across this question while writing some software that used frustums, making certain parts of it... eh... frustumy?
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Use of the adjective Nearshore

I'm working on a web page which target are American companies interested in hire Mexican Engineers for work in USA (in place or remote). I have a version of the web page headline: "PAINLESSLY HIRE THE ...
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What is the difference between the adjectives/adverbs “broad” and “wide”? the nouns “breadth” and “width”? [duplicate]

Broad and wide are near synonyms but only near, since "a broad smile" is a more common collocation than "a wide smile", and you can say "eyes wide open" but not "eyes broad open". Breadth and width ...
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Adjacent means side-by-side. What's the word for behind-one-another?

Example: rows 9 and 10 in the theatre are ??? rows. Alternatively: rows 9 an 10 are ???-ly adjacent (while seats B and C are laterally adjacent). There are words like subsequent, consecutive, etc., ...
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Am I using “such” right? [closed]

Are these right? such amounts of money such a lot of money such an amount of money such lots such lots of people
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A word to describe a day where I learned a lot

I want a word to describe a day where I learned a lot. I can't think of many good choices. I was thinking productive or industrious, but that describes more the act of doing rather than learning.
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Adjective that describes a person who shows a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning but gets bored gradually?

Can anyone provide a word which describes a person who shows a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning but gets bored gradually and eventually leaves the task uncompleted? I looked at jaded, but it ...
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'Blowback' with 'much'

Jawad Sukhanyar & Rod Nordland, In Prison Release, Signs of Karzai’s Rift With U.S. (NYT): The amount of people advocating for a long-term relationship with Afghanistan is pretty small in ...
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Adjectives relating to town and city names

A person who lives or was born in London may be called a Londoner; a person in Dublin, a Dubliner. In this way, which formal (non colloquial) adjectives correspond to citizens of the following ...
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Use of “Afghani” as an adjective

So we know that the noun "Afghan" is preferred over "Afghani" when it comes to describing the people of Afghanistan, but what's the scoop for using it as an adjective? For example, is saying an ...
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What does 'infinitesimally small' mean?

If infinite is the opposite of infinitesimal, and small is the opposite of large, then: infinitely large ---------- Means "very large" infinitely small --------- Means "very small" infinitesimally ...
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In the word “quantum mechanics”, is quantum a noun or an adjective?

In the phrases containing the word quantum, like quantum mechanics, quantum information, quantum computation, quantum field theory,etc. is quantum a noun or an adjective? I mean, is it really ...
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What adjective describes that something is divided into sectors?

In particular I am looking for the correct terminology in air traffic management. Airspace is usually divided into sectors, i.e., smaller pieces of airspace. What is the corresponding adjective? Is ...
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Is “alone” an adverb in “I was sitting alone”?

Is the sentence "I was sitting alone." correct? And if so, is "alone" an adverb? Are there other examples of adjectives being used as adverbs without modification?
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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What is the correct adjective that describes the temporal proximity between the two events?

I'm trying to find the best adjective to describe the temporal proximity between the two events: the creation of two WiFi networks. Currently I'm using almost concurrent to describe the proximity: ...
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“It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name” — is this word order acceptable?

It was a brilliant performance worthy of her name. There's no problem here, but what if you then add this: It was a brilliant performance delivered in silence worthy of her name. What's ...
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Differences between “very” and “very much” as adjective modifiers

The following examples are clearly wrong: × I am very much tired × She is very much clever But the following sounds fine (at least according to OALD): I am very much afraid that ... I am ...
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Using “so” and “very” for ungradable adjectives

We generally use modifiers such as "so" and "very" for gradable/normal adjectives (water can be quite/so/very HOT, but not quite/so/very BOILING (an ungradable/extreme adjective). Yet would you say ...