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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Correct usage for “bad” v. “poor” adjectives

The way I was taught many years ago was that something like quality can be poor, but not bad. The reasoning was that "bad" is a value/moral whereas poor applies to non-value qualities. In this case, ...
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The position of an adjective in IT area: before or after the noun?

For example: The field Media/Media field contains all necessary information about the content. The Address section/section Address is located in the lower section of the window. Does the right ...
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A word for: someone who is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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Mathematical Institute or Mathematics Institute: Which of these is correct and why?

Many titles of universities or research institutes have a variety of adjectives before the noun institute. Example: Oxford University and Chennai have a Mathematical Institute each. Then, there are ...
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Why does English have a word for pink?

We have a word for light red (pink), but not light blue. Why is this? Russian, for example, has specific words for light and dark blue.
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which adjective should i use for family of someone

I want to write a happy new year letter for someone(not very close, business partner) what adjective should i use in regard to his family for example : Dear Family , respectful family , beloved family ...
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Using adjectives after verbs?

In a lot of sentences when speaking people use adjectives after verbs. In some examples it sounds right, however, and I was wondering if such uses were valid in formal writing. The only example I ...
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Is there a rule for which suffix to use when creating adjectives from nouns?

There are many suffixes that are used to create adjectives from nouns (-al, -ic, -ive, -y). Are there any rules used to create adjectives from nouns? In example, why is the adjective excessive, and ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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Plural adjective not followed by noun [on hold]

Here is my sentence Hughes writes in a style in which phonetics and stress are not fully working in tandem Can I be understood here, and is it grammatically correct? phonetic fəˈnɛtɪk ...
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What do you call a person who thinks a lot?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always involved in processing a thought? I could find synonyms for 'deep thought' - contemplation, rumination and so on. But I couldn't find if there ...
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Adjective describing a person who does work to get it done

I have a friend who always goes on that I have a bad work ethic, though I am not lazy. At the same time, he says he has a good work ethic, but is lazy. The definition of having a good work ethic is ...
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*free of charge* used with other adjectives and a noun

Do you write or say other adjectives before or after the adjective free of charge used together with a noun? Is it better to put other adjectives before or after free of charge? Do you put an ...
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Using short adjectives as adverbs, such as “easy” & “short”

I know that some adjectives (such as easy & short) can be used as adverbs in some situations, but when can this happen and what adjectives does this apply to? This definitely works: "He stopped ...
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Quick or Quickly: “How to Install a PHP Extension: Quick and Easy” [duplicate]

Let’s say I have this title: How to Install a PHP Extension: Quick and Easy Should I say quick and easy or quickly and easily? Why?
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A word that describes stories with negative and unfulfilling endings?

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that describes the ending to a story where the outcome is generally negative and unfulfilling. At the end of these stories, the protagonist usually makes a decision ...
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Is “missing person” considered a compound noun?

In the phrase missing person, is the whole phrase a compound noun or would missing be considered an adjective that modifies person? It seems like in many situations when it is used with other ...
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What are the comparative and superlative forms of 'lively'?

My teacher taught me that to form the comparative and superlative degrees of a mono- or di- or tri-syllabic word, I should add 'more' and 'most', e.g.: lively -more lively-most lively I know ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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“Magic” versus “magical”

Two-part question. We say magic wand and magical creature, and swapping the adjectives would definitely be wrong. Are there rules about which one to use, or is this a classic "use whatever sounds ...
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A word used to describe someone who loves to be photographed

I am trying to figure out if there is a word to describe a person who loves to be photographed.
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Flying as far as somewhere or to somewhere?

The following excerpt is taken from an article of VOA Health report "Africans Flock to South Africa in Search of the Perfect Body". How far would you go for a perfect body? Many people these days ...
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What is the rule for adjective order?

I remember being taught that the correct order of adjectives in English was something along the lines of "Opinion-Size-Age-Color-Material-Purpose." However, it's been a long time and I'm pretty sure ...
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Resource planning or resources planning [closed]

Should my department name be Resource Planning or Resources Planning?
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A single word meaning 'easy yet powerful'?

I'm looking for a single adjective to describe a piece of software which is very easy to use, but has powerful features for users who have access and knowledge. It's for a succinct marketing ...
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Similar term to “visual” for audio?

I'm looking for a term for audio in form of the word visual. Visual is defined as of or relating to the sense of sight What could you call the sense of hearing? Also, what do you call this ...
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What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?

"Spartan" is an adjective derived from Sparta, an ancient Greek city-state famous for its austerity. The adjective is used today to mean basic and minimal. I'm looking for an antonym, i.e. a culture ...
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A better word than “disabled” [closed]

I have recently completed a 'Lean' project on enhancing customer experience in a Hospice. Before submitting my report, I was taking a stock of the various signage at the hospital. A few of them read ...
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The word to know when you don’t know how to feel?

What is the word to use when you don’t know how to feel? Such as instead of saying: He didn't know how to feel You could say He felt ____.
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“Old days” or “olden days”?

Sometimes I use the phrase "back in the old days". I was recently in a class where the trainer kept using the phrase "olden days." Which usage is acceptable?
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Difference between “dumb” and “stupid”

A friend and I had a disagreement about something, in which he called one of my statements "dumb". As we were talking through the disagreement, it got a little heated and I tried repeating what he had ...
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Word for song sung by cover band, or not original singer?

I can't remember the word used to describe a song sung by someone else and not the original person. Anyone can help me on that one? Thanks.
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Alternative to the incorrect “I’m doing great”?

Since great is an adjective, "I'm doing great" seems to be incorrect. It should be: "I'm doing (adverb)." You could say "I'm doing well." Could you also say “I’m doing greatly”?
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Can you begin a sentence with an emotion?

Is it incorrect to begin a sentence with an emotion? For example: "Afraid and alone, he no longer wished to continue on." I'm translating some work from a foreign language into English, but I ...
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An Adjective for a Fast Reader [closed]

So in The Chosen by Potok. One of the characters named Danny Saunders is a super fast reader. I have to write a Character Analysis report and turn it in before next Tuesday (16 Dec.). I was wondering ...
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What is the adjective form of efficacy? [closed]

The word efficacy is often used in the medical field. For example, a paper might be on the efficacy of a treatment or a particular drug. The word, of course, implies how effectual that treatment or ...
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Word for “something that is required but cannot be achieved”?

Alternative definition: "something that is needed but cannot be done" Impossible is the best I could find, but it doesn't imply that the subject is required; only that it can't be done.
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“May I know your good name?” [closed]

"May I know your good name” is a typically Indian way of honouring another person by asking their name using an adjective like sweet, good, beautiful, et cetera. Of course there won’t ever be any bad ...
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Part of speech of “that”?

In this sentence: Its shape resembles that of a kangaroo’s hind foot. What part of speech would that be?
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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Does “caffeinated” make any sense?

A while back, when we learnt how to remove the caffeine from coffee beans, we coined the word decaffeinated to denote coffee that's had the caffeine taken out. I've noticed more and more recently, as ...
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Adjective after instead

The study described in the article shows that implementation of dynamic LED boards doesn’t show a clear increase in traffic flow at the bottleneck before congestions, probably because the LED ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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What is a cross-nibbed pen?

He also thoughtfully provided ink and a cross-nibbed pen, with which I wrote my post cards, and which I hope you received in due time. From Domestic Life in Rumania by Dorothea Kirke, 1916.
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Adjectives and nouns position: before or after?

What's the difference between Rain of Fire and Firerain? Is there a rule for that? For me, the first is literal, you are describing what is raining. The second case would be used to name something, ...
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The same big old black bear. Why not 'the same black big old bear'? [duplicate]

I was reading this book- Every Boys Dream- and I am curious to understand, if there's something more than what meets the eye in the above usage. The same big old black bear.. The same ...
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“Tickle Monster” vs. “Tickling Monster”

My small kids like tickling - we play a "Tickle Monster" game. I am wondering, is there any difference between word pairs like tickle monster vs. tickling monster tickle machine vs. tickling machine ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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Word to Describe One Who Speaks Politely but with Conviction [closed]

Imagine you are at a debate on a controversial topic. One of the speakers presents her case straightforwardly and with conviction; there is no doubting her stance on the issue. At the same time, you ...