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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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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The horribility of English language

Pretty much every adjective that ends in the suffix -able or -ible gives rise to a related noun: corruptible becomes corruptibility mutable becomes mutability respectable becomes respectability ...
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Why is this sentence: “Additional nine features were added…” incorrect?

I am trying to explain to a colleague why the sentence: Additional nine features were added to the dig is incorrect. I have said you can say "An additional nine features...", "Nine additional ...
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Is there a difference between negligible and neglectable?

According to wiktionary.org they are synonyms. However, most words have a slight difference in the way or in which context they are used. I would like to know those differences. For example, when one ...
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The meaning of “public cable” [on hold]

I am translating a movie. There's a quote that I couldn't figure out how to translate: The last thing they want is an informed, public cable free-thought. What does public cable mean?
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What's the difference between “life conditions” and “living conditions”?

What's the difference between life conditions and living conditions? I often use the former. "The life conditions of the Victorian workers", for example.
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The Order of Modification in English Nouns, Preceding or Succeeding? [on hold]

As I don't know the exact linguistic terms, what I mean my "preceding" and "succeeding" in modifying nouns is as follows. Preceding : delicious food, long way, kind person, et cetera Succeeding : ...
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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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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Difference between “vague”, “unclear” and “ambiguous”

What is the difference between "vague", "unclear" and "ambiguous"? All three have the same meaning to me, so when should each be used?
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Why “Be quiet!” may sound as “Be quiets!” [closed]

I guess "(Everyone) Be quiet!" referring to a group of people is correct. But it may sound as "Be quiets!" when they yell. Is it correct?
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Are “a perfect fool”, “a proper fool” and “a precious fool” the same kind of “fool”?

Is there any (subtle) difference in meaning and usage when these adjectives qualify "a fool"? Are these adjectives perfectly interchangeable "A precious fool I would look, if I did that." "The ...
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How to phrase this statement with two time related adjectives? [closed]

I'm trying to say: "These are the current future plans for the project." I'm highlighting the current plans I have for the project that I'd like to do in the future. This doesn't seem to be correct ...
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Why is the word “Holy” used before swear words?

People usually use the word "Holy" before "Shit", "Crap" or any other bad words to express their feelings, like surprise, anger, etc. Is there any reason why the word "Holy" is used with these bad ...
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When is comparative degree adjectives with no “than” preferable?

Are there any rules / recommendation to using comparative "larger" instead of positive "large" when there is no comparison? What are they (recommendation of course)? Examples: "I, __, take you, __, ...
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Meaning of Early Modern English “iuie”

I found this phrase in Featherstone's Dedication at the front of an English translation of the Commentary on John by John Calvin: It is an old saying, (Right Honorable,) and no lesse true then ...
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Can I write “ The bag is black colour?”

We know that "The bag is black." is a correct sentence. But, a lot of people write "the bag is black colour". Is this sentence grammatically wrong or acceptable?
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order of adjectives exceptions [duplicate]

Which is correct "A huge unattractive block of flats" or "An unattractive huge block of flats". What is the word "huge" - an opinion or a size?
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When is the word “prohibited” a verb and when is it a predicate adjective?

Smoking is prohibited here. Using the drug is prohibited in the game. Is the word prohibited in both sentences above a verb, predicate adjective, or both? Kindly enlighten me with this. Thank you! ...
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Adjective meaning stubborn or willfully ignorant, to one's detriment

I'm a writing a letter that goes: Your correspondent John Smith is correct that exercise has its costs, both in terms of cost of food and cost of equipment and gym memberships. However, to argue ...
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Adding a modifier to a phrase with a comma

Here is the sentence in question: "...line of performance apparel is perfect for any race, 5k to 50k. " Is that the proper way to modify race? What is this rule called?
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rewrite the sentence making the adjectives true pronouns and changing true pronouns to adjectives plus nouns [closed]

rewrite the sentence making the adjectives true pronouns and changing true pronouns to adjectives plus nouns 1. My class is good 2. Their group was shy 3. Theirs was the best 4. Ours is in 5. His ...
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Adjective for one meaning of “argument”

I am searching for a word, an adjectival form of the word "argument" in its sense as: "a statement or series of statements for or against something." The word "argumentative" does not work. I am ...
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What is the right usage: Attend at gym or train at gym?

I want to ask a friend what is the name of the gym he is visiting. Which is the grammatically correct to ask What is the name of the gym you attend? or What is the name of the gym you train? or ...
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Which word(s) does “nuclear” modify in “by nuclear action or radiation or radioactive contamination”

Is the word nuclear assumed after the "or" in the following sentence? "by nuclear action or radiation or radioactive contamination" In other words, does the or assume that the nuclear applies to ...
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Adjective for the unfortunate side of having a “good sense of smell”

(Anecdotal kickoff) I recently moved to a new town. While visiting, my mom -- who has a particularly good sense of smell -- noted a constant foulness in the air that I've been unable to pick up on. ...
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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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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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What type of word is “seen” in the sentence “He is seen to fight crime?”

I was just wondering whether "seen" is an adjective as in "he is fast" or if it is the past simple of the verb "to see" in the passive? Or anything else?
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Distributive adjectives in sentences with non-count nouns

In the following sentence: "Wall and roof thickness are always considered when repairing a chimney." The sentence refers to the thickness of both the wall and the roof. Is the sentence above correct ...
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I want to say that something is “expensive” in terms of time and resources

I'm writing an academic article (physics) and I want to say that a procedure is necessary but very expensive (in terms of resources like time, infrastructure, ...) Can I say: Since A is sacred we ...
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What is an adjective for a very large negative number?

A number that is very large (but not infinite) such as 1,000,000,000,000,000 could be called huge, enormous, large, big, gigantic, etc. A number that is very small such as 0.000000001 could be called ...
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'likely' and 'probable'

Although I am not a native English speaker, I do feel that a 'likely event' is at least slightly more 'likely' than a 'probable event'. Merriam-Webster's dictionary seems to agree with me. likely 1) ...
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Recordkeeping, record keeping, or record-keeping

In the following sentence, a reviewer claimed that record keeping is a spelling error that should be corrected to recordkeeping. Service providers shall manage information using agreed upon ...
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Is there a difference between “good” and “well” when they are connected to subject via linking verb? [duplicate]

John is feeling well. John is feeling good. "well" is an adverb and "good" is an adjective. Is #2 grammatically correct at all or is it ok to construct Subject + Linking Verb + Adjective ...
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Is a lengthy combination of words with hyphens like “the worst not-technically-in-a-recession year in American history” a new fashion of writing?

I found a hyphenated word , “not-technically–in-a-recession” in the sentence of September 28 New York Times’ article titled “Why Obama Is Winning,” written by co-ed columnist, Ross Douthat. It reads: ...
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What does “nutrition-free” food mean? [closed]

"nutrition-free food" - I saw such expression twice recently - but unfortunately do not understand its meaning. Could you please help?
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Several adjectives applied simultaneously to several nouns [duplicate]

Is the following sentence construction grammatically acceptable? The statuses of the digital and analogue inputs and outputs are indicated on the display. More specifically I wish to know whether I ...
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The + adjective + proper name

I recently noticed that the honorific "The Honorable" is often followed by just a name ("The Honorable James Lloyd") rather than a noun ("The Honorable Judge James Lloyd"). That seemed fairly ...
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When (if ever) is is acceptable to use an indefinite article immediately in front of an adjective? [duplicate]

What's the rule for using a/an before an adjective? I am asking this question because my high school professor is teaching us that we shouldn't use a/an before an adjective. With some 'exceptions' ...
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Would the adjectival form of “on the premises” be on-premise, on premise, or on-premises?

I am familiar with the origin of the word premises as it relates to property, both land and structure (relayed here: Is "premises" always plural?). I want to know if there is an accpetable ...
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How to translate these kind of phrases?

I am confused in translating some kind of phrases such as below : Which one of the pairs is true? If both, What is the difference? and what is the meaning of the phrase? (I mean if I want to explain ...
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“Elder brother” or “older brother”?

I've read both forms in newspapers and online news: elder brother and older brother. What's the difference between them? When should I use which?
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Is “'the most tawdry’ race-baiting” ungrammatical?

When I was transcribing the following sentence of Time magazine’s (September 1st issue) article ’”The Tragedy of Ferguson”; “We elected a black man with a Muslim name to be President. What other ...
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How to use analogue? What are its adjectival and adverbial forms? [duplicate]

Can we, for example, define good analogously?" Is there an analogue definition of good? I'm using the word good as an example; the word could just as easily be virtuous, intelligent, evil, bad, and ...
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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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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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Adjective for a topic which gives rise to debate or heated discussion

I'm writing a speech on sexism, as it is a topic which quite often gives rise to disputes and heated discussions; is there an adjective to describe such a topic which does so?
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order or adjuncts and adjectives

The more thought I give about the order of adjuncts and adjectives before a noun, the less sense it all makes. Not a native speaker, but using English on a daily basis. For instance, in "Relational ...
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Word for who professes discrimination based on culture

A person that professes discrimination based on race is a racist. What is the word for defining a person that discriminates based on culture (pretty sure it is not culturist) or social habits? E.g., ...