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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“…the pleasure enjoyed” – placement of adjective?

A person should not think that happiness is the total pleasure enjoyed. In this sentence, "enjoyed" comes after the subject it describes, even though it is not a phrase or clause. I thought only ...
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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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Is there a term for a word whose presence achieves the opposite effect to the one intended?

Specifically where the intent is to interest, excite or entice the reader. Such words often come across as 'not-quite superlatives', or create the impression that lawyers have been involved in wording ...
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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 m-w....
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How do I choose between a noun and a participle when picking one to use as an adjective?

I know that I can use both a noun and a particle as an adjective but what do I have to ask myself when choosing between them? For instance: Talking points, talk points Information ...
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Adjective meaning “like someone else?”

Example in this case: "experiencing _____ speech" More specifically: "She shouted with a deep voice, a voice not her own."
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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Is this correct usage of “designate” as an adjective?

I am aware that a designee is someone who is designated to do something, but I have seen some odd usage of the word designate because of its adjective form. I would like to make sure I am using the ...
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Adverb or Adjective

What would be correct: Use an adverb to modify another adjective or simply an adjective in the following sentence? The technique generates unnecessary large number of classifiers The ...
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Adverbs for non-gradable and base adjectives

I'd like to ask which adverbs should we use for non-gradable and base adjectives. For example : environmental When I read my book, it says : Non-gradable adjectives are not used with adverbs ...
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I'm trying to describe a sound i.e. a popping sound which is metallic. How do I phrase such a sound?

The best I could come up with is Metallic Pop which doesn't suit the rest of the writing style at all, which has a bit more imaginative use of adjectives. What other phrase could I use to describe ...
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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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Proper adjective for “used” ticket

What's the proper English adjective for: A one-time ticket (for entrance somewhere, to use some sort of transport to travel somewhere, etc) that's been properly used once and thus no longer valid to ...
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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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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a sentence in the Guardian.

I find this guy in the Guardian: Mourinho’s charm offensive started at his unveiling when he talked up aggressive football and dismissed the negative tactics that so bedevilled his predecessor’s ...
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Resolution for the double “the” problem

Consider the following sentence: "With the Nike shirt, your workout will be complete". How will I say the same thing about a shirt of the brand "The North Face"? The least awkward option will ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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What is the difference between phrases “buyer name” and “buyer's name”?

I really confused about using of possessive adjectives. One another example - "type of something" (type of thing) and something type (thing type) - what is the difference? Where and when should I use ...
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Indefinite article with an abstract noun

I can't get how to use indefinite article with an abstract noun. I often see constructions like this one: indefinite article + adjective + abstract noun. I mean are there any rules when to use or not ...
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When can an adjective phrase be a sentence predicate?

It was suggested that A man is stood by the car is non standard. I'm aware that it looks confusing or clumsy. But can't 'stood by the car' be an adjectival phrase describing the man?
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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What I really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having ...
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Preposition choice adjectives

What's the right sentence ? People were embarrassed OF the result of their team who played badly or People were embarrassed BY the result of their team who played badly ? Thank you so much
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While all states face similar industrial waste problems

While all states face similar industrial waste problems, the predominating industries and the regulatory environment of the states obviously determines the types and amounts of waste produced, as well ...
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Usage of “more so”

Is there any difference between these two? John and Mike are good people, more so John. John and Mike are good people, especially John. Can I use more so to start sentences? John and Mike are ...
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Hyphenation between participle and preposition before a noun?

When visiting a London hospital, Florence Nightingale was shocked at the dirty and uncared for patients. The above sentence is from an essay. Should we write "uncared-for patients", with a hyphen ...
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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Use of a participial phrase in titles

I was making an essay about cystic fibrosis and I stumbled upon a problem regarding the title. I was wondering whether the title I made was grammatical. It was "Cytosis Fibrosis: A Hereditary ...
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All other and any other difference

Ramayana is more sacred than all other mythologies of Hindus. OR Ramayana is more sacred than any other mythology of Hindus. Which one is correct?
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Hyphenation of words like ‘waterproof’

The Oxford dictionary states that most compound adjectives made from a noun and an adjective should be hyphenated (e.g. ‘accident-prone’, ‘camera-ready’). On the other hand, its entry for the word ‘...
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participle adjectives

I'd like to ask for guidance on where paticipial adjectives should be placed. In the first sentence below, the past participle adjective is before the word that it modifies: 'broken chair.' But in ...
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What is a word for loving sadness?

I need a word for a love of sadness. A quote from Because of Winn-Dixie, for the feel. "Melancholy," I repeated. I liked the way it sounded, like there was music hidden somewhere inside it. (Kate ...
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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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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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Adjective meaning “community environment”

I'm trying to say something along the lines of: "Community environment factors include..." I do know that "community environment" is a noun and not an adjective, but I'm stumped for any other ...
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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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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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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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Irregular adjectives

Are there any other irregular adjectives except these ?
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use of “due to” or “becasue of” with modal verbs

I understand the simple distinction between "due to" ("adjectival") and "because of" (adverbial), but I get a little confused when the sentence includes modal or complex verbs. For example, could one ...
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Standard searchable term for “in person” (of a meeting)

For example, if I were to search Google for support groups and wanted to filter out everything that wasn't in person, what word is my best choice? The words "in" and "person" are individually too ...
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How to find the correct noun that a relative or adjective clause corresponds to?

Its easy to identify the correct noun when the clause modifying that particular noun is immediately followed. But how to identify the correct noun when the noun is not immediately followed by the ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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How to use hyphen to form new adjectives?

Writing a chemistry paper I need to form an adjective for the following concept: TiO2 rich in oxygen vacancies. Is this the proper formation for an adjective intended to mean that?: Oxygen-vacancy-...
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when “near” could be considered incorrect grammatically or semantically

Let's verify the word "nearby" is part of a constituent NP in the OP's #2 example: OP.2a. I live in a town nearby. <-- OP's #2 example it-clefts: OP.2b. It is [in a town nearby] that I live. <-...
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What type of adjective is “aesthetic”?

(This is coming from a discussion over at ELL, but the specific nuance below fits here I think). Consider two statements about a dog: The dog has brown fur The dog has aesthetic appeal and two ...
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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alternative to “high depth”, “large depth”

After having used "high depth" in a report, I consider it now almost as an oxymoron. But, is "large depth" better English? What would be an alternative adjective? (I'm not looking for the abyss as I ...
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“Oxford” comma with adjectives

Suppose you have some coordinate adjectives modifying a noun. E.g. "the cold, tired, hungry dog." You could rewrite this as "the cold and tired and hungry dog" but would these "the ...
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Is there a word for someone who adds er at the end of comparatives

Instead of bigger or heavier, they say biggerer and heavierer. I know it is not a speech defect: just a bad habit and they do it all the time, like Can you speak louderer Please make the ...